Sunday, June 22, 2014

Corpus Christi - our answer!

 Solemnity of the
Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
(Corpus Christi)
Jesu, of your love befriend us,
You refresh us, you defend us,
Your eternal goodness, send us
In the land of life to see.
Sequence for Corpus Christi 
“'Lord, to whom shall we go?' We too, who belong to the Church today, pose this question. Even if it is more hesitant on our lips than on Peter’s, our answer, like that of the Apostle, can only be the person of Jesus. Yes, He lived 2000 years ago. But we can encounter Him in our own time when we listen to His Word and are near to Him in a special way in the Eucharist."
Pope Francis
Vatican, May 30, 2013
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
"Be the apostle of the divine Eucharist, like a flame which enlightens and warms, like the Angel of His heart who will go to proclaim Him to those who don’t know Him and will encourage those who love Him and are suffering.

St. Peter Julian Eymard
to Mme Antoinette de Grandville
July 4, 1859
"We have Him so near in the Blessed Sacrament,
where He is already glorified and
where we don't have to gaze upon Him as being
so tired and worn out, bleeding, wearied by His journeys,
persecuted by those for whom He did so much good,
and not believed in by the Apostles . . . .
Behold Him here without suffering,
full of glory ...
strengthening some, encouraging others,
our companion in the most Blessed Sacrament."
St. Teresa of Avila
A special plenary indulgence is available for Corpus Christi:

Grant #7.1.3
Eucharistic Adoration and Procession
Plenary indulgence

The faithful who piously participate in solemn Eucharistic procession, either inside or outside of a Church, especially on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, may receive a plenary indulgence.

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