Sunday, June 7, 2015

Corpus Christi - His joy,ours

 Solemnity of the
Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

(Corpus Christi)

 "This Bread of Life has come down to us!
The Church is in unending awe before this reality –
an awe that endlessly nourishes
contemplation, adoration, memory."  - Pope Francis

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"Today, the feast of Corpus Domini, we have the joy not only of celebrating this mystery, but also of praising Him and singing in the streets of our city. May the procession we will make at the end of the Mass, express our gratitude for all the journey that God has allowed us to make through  the desert of our poverty, to take us out of slavery, by nourishing us with His love through the Sacrament of his Body and the Blood.

In a little while we shall walk along the way, let us perceive ourselves in communion with our many brothers and sisters who do not have the freedom to express their faith in the Lord Jesus. Let us feel ourselves united with them, let us sing with them, praise with them, adore with them. And we venerate in our hearts those brothers and sisters from whom the sacrifice of their lives has been required for fidelity to Christ: let their blood, united to that of the Lord, be a pledge of peace and reconciliation for the whole world."
Pope Francis
 June 4, 2015

"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

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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.

In Twin Cities: Procession starts at 2 pm from St Thomas Univ Law school (Minneapolis campus) - procession is to St Mary's Basilica

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