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Monday, June 20, 2011
The Most Holy Trinity – 19th June 2011
Corpus Christi: Procession Today 3:00 p.m. Feast Day Next Sunday

The Catechism states: “In the most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, the body and blood together with the soul and divinity, of Our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really and substantially contained …. It is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.” (n. 1374)

Cardinal Newman said: “Is there not in all Catholic churches that which goes beyond any written devotion whatever its force or pathos? Do not believe I n a presence in the sacred tbernacel not as a form of words, nor a notion, but as an object as real as we as real.. and … before the presence we need neither profession of faith nor even manual pf devotion.” (Cardianl Newman).

St Thomas Aquians wrote: “Godhead here in hiding who I do adore, masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more.”
From the leaflet for this afternoon’s procession.
“This is a procession in honour of Jesus Christ. May he bless you and your family and friends”.

These latter words will be on a small leaflet that will be available for any interested onlookers of our Corpus Christi procession next weekend. We will be literally, if briefly, bringing God into the community, through some streets and spaces where people live and work. We will be journeying with Christ. We will make Him really present amongst his people, that He may bless them. In fact we will bless the whole area from the top of Roundwood Park.

Over the centuries understanding of the real presence of Our Lord in the form of bread developed. It took on the desire to receive the blessing of Benediction in the thirteenth century and to actually gaze upon Him, through adoration or ‘Exposition” in the monstrance in the fourteenth century.

Juliana of Retiens (1192-1258) an Augustinian abbess in Liege campaigned successfully to have a feast in honour of the Blessed Sacrament. In 1264 Corpus Christi was instituted. The procession through the streets with the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance started at this place about this time. In some countries these processions took on a dramatic character, particularly in England in the fourteenth century. People used their particular crafts to dramatically illustrate a key aspect of our salvation history from Creation onwards. Boat builders did Noah’s ark, goldsmiths the adoration of the magi etc. etc.

Let’s offer our gifts for His use, by being with Him, in our community, for an hour next Sunday, 3:00 p.m.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 8:35 am