Text and photos by Gregory A. Shemitz

Many parishes throughout the diocese — and around the world — marked Sunday’s feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ by following a church tradition carried on for centuries, processing with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of the local community.

At Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Patchogue, the Corpus Christi procession took place at the conclusion of the 11:30 a.m. Mass on June 3. Father Henry Reid, the parish pastor, celebrated the liturgy before carrying a monstrance reverently along a 1.5-mile route.

A Knights of Columbus honor guard from the Suffolk County-based Commander John J. Shea Assembly escorted the procession, with four of the Knights holding a canopy to shield Father Reid and the Blessed Sacrament from the elements.

More than 50 parishioners participated in the event, praying the rosary and singing hymns before returning to the church for Benediction.