Today, we celebrate the solemn feast of Corpus Christi.
Corpus Christi is three feasts in one:
- the feast of the Eucharistic sacrifice
- the feast of the Sacrament of the Eucharist
- the feast of the Real Presence of Jesus in this Sacrament
Corpus Christi is a feast established for three purposes:
- to give God thanks for Christ’s abiding presence with us in the Eucharist and to honour Him there;
- to instruct all the people of God in the Mystery, Faith and devotion surrounding the Eucharist;
- to teach us to appreciate and make use of the great gift of the Holy Eucharist, both as a Sacrament and as a sacrifice.
This great feast celebrates one of the great truths of our faith: that Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, is really and fully present in the Blessed Sacrament. We Catholics acknowledge this truth each time we genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle as we arrive or leave the Church. We celebrate this truth each time we celebrate the Mass when the Lord changes bread and wine into Himself. We have the great blessing of being able to spend time in the presence of the Lord each time we come into the Church. As we celebrate this feast, why not spend a little extra time this week before the Blessed Sacrament in Church?
We will celebrate Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of each Mass this weekend. At the 11.00am Mass this will include a solemn procession through the Church grounds (weather permitting).