This week, a procession celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi took place after a Mass in the Cathedral, presided over by Monsignor Bernard Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco. The procession of the Blessed Sacrament, led by the Penitents of the Brotherhood of Mercy, brought the faithful from the Cathedral to the Palace’s Court of Honour, where HSH the Sovereign Prince and HRH the Princess of Hanover were present.
After the Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Tantum Ergo sung by les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco, the procession set out again for a second Benediction on the Place de la Mairie, to the rhythms of the Municipal Band.
Corpus Christi is Latin for ‘Body of Christ’. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Holy Trinity, or sixty days after Easter, in memory of the institution of the Eucharist (the last supper) which takes place on Holy Thursday during Holy Week. It commemorates the true presence of Jesus Christ in the bread and wine consecrated during Mass.