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'The body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ.' Sunday Reflections, Corpus Christi Sunday, Year B

Corpus Christ Procession, Carl Emil Doepler [Wikipedia]
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GospelMark 14:12-16, 22-26 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, Jesus’ disciples said to him, ‘Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, “The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.’ So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover me…

Is having Jesus in the Holy Host becoming rutine? (Spanish) Corpus Christi: perdido y rescatado en México,

El mes de junio está consagrado por la Iglesia católica y sus fieles al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús y en este mes también tenemos la fiesta del Corpus-Christi.
La fiesta del Corpus.Christi, (El Cuerpo de Cristo) es una fiesta muy antigua y parece que se introdujo en las festividades de la Iglesia en el siglo XIII.
La tradición cuenta que una visión reveladora del Señor demostró su deseo a la religiosa Juliana Retiné de dar comienzo a esta fiesta y una comisión encargada por el obispode Lieja, Bélgica, la aprobó y en 1246 se ordenó su celebración en la diócesis. El Papa Urbano IV, con la Bula Transiturus del 11 de agosto de 1264, decretó fuese fiesta universal del Santísimo Cuerpo de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo. EL Papa Clemente V y el Concilio de Viena, confirmaron la fiesta y tuvo una rápida propagación y un inmenso movimiento de piedad en todo el mundo.

‘In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist . . . the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.’ Sunday Reflections. Corpus Christi Sunday, Year C

Gospel Luke 9:11b-17 (NRSV, Catholic Ed, Canada)
When the crowds found out about it, they followed Jesus; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured.
The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place.” But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” They did so and made them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baske…

Corpus Christi Procession, 2015, Sauk Centre

I talked about Sauk Centre's Corpus Christi procession last year: and, in another post, background on why this is a special day and what that in the procession is. I put links to that one at the end of this post.

(Before Mass, at Our Lady of Angels church. The monstrance is there on the altar, between the candelabras, with its back open.)...

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Corpus Christi: Gnawing on a Hard Saying

It's Corpus Christi Sunday: the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

Weather permitting, we'll have a Corpus Christi procession here in Sauk Centre. That photo is from last year's event. I won't be walking, but I plan to take photos, posting them later today.

Taking what looks like a bit of unleavened bread for a walk makes sense to Catholics who understand our faith — maybe not so much to other folks.

Corpus Christi is Latin for Body of Christ, and what happens to unleavened bread connects to why we've been celebrating ever since that first Easter. (April 20, 2014)

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No greater love... (A Eucharistic Miracle story)

Today is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) in the Catholic Church.  I am reminded of something I got to experience a little over twenty years ago. When I was in college, I had the privilege of witnessing a Eucharistic miracle. The semester had just started and it was around the second week of September, in 1991. I was on my way to class and my roommate was passing me in the middle of campus as she was coming back from class. She asked me if I would like to go see a Eucharistic miracle.  I said, "Sure!"  She told me that she and a friend would pick me up when I got out of class. 

I really didn't know at that time what I was saying yes to, but I was always up for an adventure and I did not have anything else going on. Like she said, they picked me up right after class and there was one other girl that my roommate knew that was in the car as well. I thought we were going to go see a Eucharistic miracle that was on public display but as we were dr…

'The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.' Sunday Reflections, Corpus Christi Year A

The Institution of the Eucharist, Federico Fiori Barocci, 1609Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome [Web Gallery of Art] The Solemnity of Corpus Christi is on the Universal Calendar of the Church for the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, this year 19 June, and is a holy day of obligation. However, in the Philippines and in many other countries it has been transferred to the following Sunday.Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)  [This link is to the readings for the Vigil Mass and for the Mass on Sunday] GospelJohn 6:51-58  (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada) 

Jesus said to the Jews: I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his fle…


Corpus Christi Procession – Hipolit Lipinski, 1881

This piece is prompted by a couple of posts I saw about a procession being held in Brighton to mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Such public displays of the Catholic faith are very rare these days and are to be applauded - I think that the more of them that take place, the more people will get used to them. After all, most of us have marched in many a parade or demonstration marking secular or political events – and I have seen large public marches and demonstrations marking other faiths. Not so very long ago, the Salvation Army band used to march up the road I was then living in every Sunday morning.  I do not think that these processions are wholly about witnessing to the faith in public – they are also spiritual occasions and another manifestation of the way in which the Church and the practice of the faith is also material and physical.  And let us not forget that this is a very old tradition; the illustrat…

'This is my body . . .' Sunday Reflections, Corpus Christi

La Disputà (Disputation of the Holy Sacrament), Raffaello Sanzio, painted 1510-11
You will find a description of this magnificent fresco here and a video on its restoration here.
The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

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Gospel Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 (Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition)
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the passover lamb, his disciples said to him, "Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the passover?" And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the householder, 'The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?' And he will show you a large upper room furnished and…

"Without the Eucharist, the Church Simply Does Not Exist."

Pope Benedict calls Eucharist ‘antidote’ to modern ills June 26, 2011 3:05 PMVatican City, Jun 26, 2011 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Eucharist is the medicine which can heal our individualist society, Pope Benedict XVI said in his midday Angelus address on Corpus Christi Sunday.“In an increasingly individualistic culture in which Western societies are immersed - and which is tending to spread throughout the world - the Eucharist is a kind of ‘antidote’ which operates in the minds and hearts of believers and is continually sowing in them the logic of communion, of service, of sharing - in other words, the logic of the Gospel,” said Pope Benedict to pilgrims in St. Peters Square on June 26.

Catholics believe that the bread and wine offered by Christ at the Last Supper literally became his body and blood - and that this same miracle is repeated by priests at every Mass since. Hence the name of today’s festivity – ‘Corpus Christi’ Sunday or ‘Body of Christ’ Sunday.

“From the Eucharist,” …