Sunday, June 6, 2010
Blessed Corpus Christi Feast
Let us pray
to the Lord who gives Himself in the Eucharist
that this sacrament may bring us Salvation and Peace .
Lord Jesus Christ,
You gave us the Eucharist
as the memorial of Your suffering and death.
May our worship of this sacrament of Your Body and Blood
help us to experience the salvation You won for us
and the peace of the kingdom
where You live with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
( prayer taken from New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal )
Each year, Holy Church celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. This feast recognizes that the Body and Blood of Jesus are divine Food given for our salvation.
Each of the four Gospels in the New Testament share how Jesus shared a final meal with his apostles prior to his betrayal and death. At this meal, referred to as The Last Supper, Jesus broke bread saying that it was his Body. He also blessed wine and shared it as his Blood and a sign of the New Covenant God was entering into with his people.
Today, our Catholic priests repeat the words Jesus spoke at The Last Supper as they consecrate bread and wine. Catholic Christians believe that these sacred words, spoken by ordained men, transform the bread and wine into divine food, the Body and Blood of Jesus. In this way, the command issued by Jesus in the Gospel of John is fulfilled: "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.”
The origins of Corpus Christi can be traced to St. Juliana of Mount Cornillon. Born in 1193 in Belgium, St. Juliana developed a deep devotion to the Eucharist, the term for the consecrated bread and wine turned Body and Blood of Jesus. After reportedly receiving a vision from God, St. Juliana advocated for a solemnity devoted to the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Let us faithfully pray : Pange Lingua (written by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, this hymn is considered the most beautiful of Aquinas' hymns and one of the great seven hymns of the Church. )
Sing my tongue, the Savior's glory,
of His flesh the mystery sing;
of the Blood, all price exceeding,
shed by our immortal King,
destined, for the world's redemption,
from a noble womb to spring.
Of a pure and spotless Virgin
born for us on earth below,
He, as Man, with man conversing,
stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;
then He closed in solemn order
wondrously His life of woe.
On the night of that Last Supper,
seated with His chosen band,
He the Pascal victim eating,
first fulfills the Law's command;
then as Food to His Apostles
gives Himself with His own hand
Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature
by His word to Flesh He turns;
wine into His Blood He changes;-
what though sense no change discerns?
Only be the heart in earnest,
faith her lesson quickly learns.
Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail;
Lo! o'er ancient forms departing,
newer rites of grace prevail;
faith for all defects supplying,
where the feeble sense fail.
To the everlasting Father,
and the Son who reigns on high,
with the Holy Ghost proceeding
forth from Each eternally,
be salvation, honor, blessing,
might and endless majesty.
Posted by Cradle Trady at 6:41 PM