Marcus Goulding, seminarian, Corpus Christi seminary
Yesterday, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, marked the patronal feast day of our regional seminary, Corpus Christi College. The seminary celebrated the day with what has become, in recent years, a customary Solemn Mass and Eucharistic Procession. They were joined in prayer by over 500 people and priests from across Victoria.
The Mass, beginning at 3pm and celebrated at Sacred Heart Church Carlton, was offered by the seminary’s rector, Very Rev Brendan Lane, along with other seminary staff and visiting priests.
Fr Michael Gallacher, a recent alumnus of the College and now a full-time specialist with the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal, preached the homily. He spoke of how the celebration of Corpus Christi is the appropriate external expression of our already-existing love and devotion for Our Lord, really present in the Blessed Sacrament.
In attendance were fourteen Knights and Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, one of their chaplains, Fr David Cartwright, as well as the Knights of the Southern Cross.
The Eucharistic Procession followed Mass. As in previous years, the procession moved out of Sacred Heart Church, turned north along Rathdowne St, west along Grattan St, south along Lygon St, and east along Pelham St, before returning to the Church. The safety of all was ensured through the good work of Victoria Police and the Archdiocesan NET team, who provided traffic management and marshalling respectively.
Fr Ed Moloney, the seminary’s first-year formator, carried the Blessed Sacrament beneath a century-old canopy provided by the Werribee parish. He was preceded by two thurifers and flanked by eight torch-bearers.
The procession was led in singing and prayer by the seminary’s schola and the Malta Gozo Concert Band.
One of the most inspiring moments was singing the rousing hymn, We stand for God, as the procession moved down Lygon St. People walking and eating stopped in wonder; many approached the participants to inquire about the meaning of the event. The procession was a most effective witness to Jesus Christ.
The procession re-entered Sacred Heart Church to the traditional Pange lingua gloriosi (Sing my tongue). Benediction followed, and then all turned to the Marian altar to venerate the Blessed Virgin, singing Holy Light on Earth’s Horizon.
As the ceremonies concluded, the excitement amongst those who attended was palpable. Many spoke of how effectively the beautiful liturgy and music conveyed the reality and presence of God. Still others indicated their hope that the event would continue in future.
The seminarians of Corpus Christi College are immensely grateful to all who attended and made the celebrations possible. Please continue to pray for us and support us as we strive to become the priests you deserve.