Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament

Among, the various devotions to the Blessed Sacrament may be mentioned: each of which is treated under its own article in this document.

Amongst the most beautiful and inspiring of devotions to the Blessed Sacrament are processions in which the Blessed Sacrament is borne along the line of march by the priest. These processions are time-old and not at all unusual. The cross-bearer leads, flanked by two acolytes bearing lighted torches, followed by a line of servers in cassocks and surplices and by troops of boys and girls in white, some of them strewing flowers in the path of the celebrant bearing the Sacred Host, as he follows at the head of the line. The usual route of these processions is around the church beginning at the high altar, following down the middle aisle, up the aisle on the Gospel side and around by the Epistle side, up again through the middle aisle back to the altar. Benediction is given at the conclusion of the services. Corpus Christi processions are usually in the open grounds or fields (see Corpus Christi). The hymn chanted during the procession, the "Pange Lingua," has special reference to "the Blessed Sacrament.

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