The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (in Latin, Corpus Christi – literally Body of Christ) is a long-standing celebration in the Catholic Church, which Pope Urban IV instituted in 1264 for the whole church to celebrate our devotion to the REAL presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, and not merely symbolic as in other Christian religions. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 1374,
“…it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and Man, makes Himself wholly and entirely present.”
It further states in n. 1376,
“…by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of His blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation.”
St. Josemaria Escriva in his book, Forge n. 839, tells us
“When you contemplate the Sacred Host exposed on the altar in the monstrance, think how great is the love, the tenderness of Christ. My way to understand it is by thinking of the love I have for you: if I could be far away, working, and at the same time at the side of each one of you, how gladly I would do it! But Christ really can do it! He loves us with a love that is infinitely greater than the love that all the hearts of the world could hold; and he has stayed with us so that we can join ourselves at any time to His most Sacred Humanity, and so that He can help us, console us, strengthen us, so that we may be faithful.”
As parishioners of PCJ, we are so blessed to have a Perpetual Adoration Chapel where we can visit Jesus, spend quiet quality time with Him, talk to Him and express to Him what is in our hearts. St. Josemaria Escriva said it best in his book, Christ is Passing By, 161:
“Adore Him reverently and devoutly; renew in His presence the sincere offerings of your love. Don’t be afraid to tell Him that you love Him. Thank Him for giving you this daily proof of His tender mercy, and encourage yourself to go to Communion in a spirit of trust. I am awed by this mystery of Love. Here is the Lord seeking to use my heart as a throne, committed to never leave me, provided I don’t run away.”
Is our Lord Jesus Christ enthroned in your heart?
To celebrate the Solemnity, a Solemn High Mass was celebrated during the Antiicipated Mass on Saturday, May 28. Holy communication was distributed in both species, hence, the faithful received communion by mouth only. Then, procession of the Most Holy Eucharist inside the church after the Post Communion Prayer. Finally, instead of the usual Final Blessing, a Benedicton was given.
A similar structure was followed in all regular Sunday Masses on May 29 with the 10:30am and 6:30pm being Solemn High Masses.