Corpus Christi (The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ)

A Message from Our Rector

"ON CORPUS CHRISTI (THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST)"


Dear Parishioners,

This Sunday, June 23rd, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). We reaffirm our belief that on the night of the Last Supper, Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the great gift of the Holy Eucharist, His true Body and Blood. Each Sunday at Mass, we are nourished by both Word and Sacrament. This Sacrament is called the “Bread of Life” because it is the pledge of eternal life. The Lord said, “he who eats My body and drinks My blood has life eternal and I will raise him up on the last day.”

We should approach the altar to receive Holy Communion with a sense of reverence and humility. We need to remind ourselves that Christ is truly present. At the same time, we approach the altar with an attitude of joy and great anticipation. As we walk to the altar, we are reminded that we are a pilgrim people. That is, we are walking together through this life with heaven as our common goal.

As we approach Holy Communion, it is suggested that we make the Sign of the Cross and a simple bow as an act of reverence. Then we extend our left hand (or tongue) to receive the Lord. We normally stand as we receive Holy Communion as a sign of our willingness to take Christ into the world, for our faith in Christ demands action. After everyone has received Holy Communion, the rite calls for a period of silence. Here we speak to Christ in our hearts and privately adore His presence among us.

To express our love for the Eucharistic Christ, there will be Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this Sunday, June 23rd, after the 11:30 am Mass, concluding with Benediction at 4:30 pm.

May Our Eucharistic Lord bless all of us and those we love.

Your Brother in Christ,
Fr. Proulx


 


Reverend Arthur J. Proulx
Cathedral Rector,

Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle

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