A cruet of wine and a ciborium filled with hosts are seen on an offertory table during Mass.
Father Henry Reid and Deacon Al Pickford elevate the Eucharist.
A man receives Communion.
The Knights of Columbus honor guard prepares to lead the procession from church.
Father Reid carries a monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament.
People pray as they participate in the procession.
The procession makes its way up North Ocean Avenue.
Deacon Pickford proclaims a Gospel reading during a stop along the route.
Father Robert Klein, left, and Capuchin Franciscan Father Will Tarraza participate in the procession.
Maritza Rosado prays the rosary.
Altar servers lead the way.
A man watches the procession from his front porch.
People sing as they walk along the route.
The procession heads south on Route 112.
A Suffolk County police car shields the participants from traffic.
Participants pass an intersection north of Sunrise Highway.
Dominique Brutus prays during Benediction.
Father Reid elevates the monstrance.
The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church tabernacle.
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.