Last Sunday's Corpus Christi Procession
On Sunday 29th May, Bishop Robert Byrne, Cong. Orat. led the Oxford Deanery Corpus Christi Procession.
The marshals are briefed before departure:
The Blessed Sacrament leaves the Oratory:
The Procession heads down St Giles':
The Witney Town Band played stirring tunes and hymns to help us on our way:
Arrival at Blackfriars:
Fr Robert Ombres, O.P. preached about the altar at Blackfriars, made from Rouge Languedoc marble: a reminder that St Dominic combatted the Cathars, who denied the goodness of creation. In the Blessed Sacrament, God comes to sanctify and deify the flesh.
From Blackfriars, Fr Ombres carried Our Lord into the Cornmarket and through the busy shopping streets of Oxford:
Fr Keith McMillan, S.J. carried the Blessed Sacrament for the final stage of the procession:
Bishop Byrne gave Benediction at the Chaplaincy, accompanied by the band...
…and Fr Dominic on the organ:
After which, we had a very welcome cup of tea, courtesy of the Chaplaincy:
Photographs by Hannah Chegwyn.