Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
Today, we celebrate Jesus’ gift of His Body and Blood in the Eucharist to His Church and the world. For in this way our Lord is ever present among those who believe in Him [and will come to believe in Him], according to what He said: "Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Mt. 28, 20)
Please join us as we honor our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during the EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION outside our St. Luke church grounds at 11:30a.m.
How the Feast Began...
We thank God for today’s beautiful feast through a valiant woman who suffered a great deal to establish a feast out of her love for the Eucharist. Juliana was a nun in Belgium in the thirteenth century. She served in a hospital for lepers. She became convinced through her prayer that the liturgical year was incomplete because it had no feast for the Eucharist. Her efforts were not welcome, and a supervi-sing priest sought to punish her for promoting a feast that “nobody wanted.” He even had her accused of financial mismanagement and banished her from her convent.
Shortly after she was exiled, the bishop approved the feast. It quickly spread through Europe. In those days, people very seldom received Holy Communion, and so the processions through the streets with the Eucharistic bread not only led to an awareness of Christ’s hunger to be with us, but prepared the way for a deeper desire to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in more frequent Communion. The feast grew rapidly, but Juliana disappeared into poverty and a hidden life. She ended her days as an “anchoress,” a woman living in seclusion in a room attached to a parish church. Imagine her delight at seeing us gathered at the table of the Lord on this day, aware of Christ’s presence in our midst, sharing fully in Christ’s Body and Blood. Our celebration today invests her struggle and sorrows with dignity and meaning.
—James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.
“I am the Bread of Life...Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him… whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
John 6:48, 54-56, 58