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Parts of Covington’s Madison Ave., Robbins St., Scott St. closed Sunday for Corpus Christi procession

Parts of Madison Ave., Robbins St., and Scott St. in Covington will be closed Sunday, June 11 for a Corpus Christi procession. The day is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, also known as the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, a Catholic feast day honoring Jesus Christ truly present in the Eucharist.

(Photo from Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington)

The Diocese of Covington will celebrate a prayer service beginning at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington. Carrying a monstrance — a sacred vessel that holds the Eucharist — Bishop John Iffert will lead the procession accompanied by priests and deacons and followed by Knights and Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepluchre, Knights of St. John, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters, choirs, and the lay faithful.

The procession will exit the Cathedral, turn north on Madison Ave. then turn east on Robbins St. where the monstrance will be placed on a temporary altar for prayers and singing. The procession will then begin again, by turning south on Scott St., and will end at the Cathedral with a right turn into the Covington Latin School/Cathedral Scott St. parking lot.

Vehicle access along the procession route will be suspended beginning at 2:30 p.m. and will continue until the procession ends.

The Eucharist — the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ — is the source and summit of the Catholic faith. Eucharistic processions began in the 14th Century to honor and celebrate Christ who is truly present with us in the Eucharist.

Preparations for the procession begin Saturday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. with the making of sawdust carpets. Everyone is welcome to join in the dyeing of hundreds of pounds of sawdust. Meet at the Cathedral Garden and bring a garden trowel to fill a template with the colorful sawdust to create a sawdust carpet. No experience necessary. Sign up online.

For information visit covdio.org.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington

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