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More than 13,000 people attended Sydney’s Walk with Christ procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi last year (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

The Feast of Corpus Christi – its significance, history and ongoing importance – is the focus of a new documentary produced by the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

The short documentary features insights from Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Richard Umbers and Australian Catholic University deputy vice chancellor Professor Hayden Ramsay. It has been released in the lead-up to the feast day on June 11, when thousands of Catholics are expected to participate in the annual Walk With Christ procession through Sydney’s central business district.

Professor Ramsay said the Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated more publicly in many European countries, but he believes there is a real need to raise greater awareness about the feast among Australian Catholics.

The film, which is less than 15 minutes, traces the story behind the Feast of Corpus Christi, dating back to 13th-century Italy when a German priest, Peter of Prague, discovered blood seeping from the consecrated host while celebrating Mass.

At a time when Australian society is becoming increasingly secular, as reflected in recent Census data, Professor Ramsay said large-scale public religious processions like Walk With Christ play a key role in lifting the spirit of believers around their shared faith.

“It gives a bit of heart to people that you can take the Christian faith and you can take Christ Himself out into the public world, as Lord of the Streets, in the streets he belongs in, to the streets he came to redeem,” he said.


Walk With Christ documentary shows the beauty and power of Corpus Christi (By Michael Kenny, The Catholic Weekly)