Saturday, 25 May 2013

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi

What does ‘Corpus Christi’ stand for? ‘Corpus’ means body and ‘Christi’ means Christ so when we marry the two, we get ‘The Body of Christ’. The Solemnity of Corpus Christi is a follow-up to what took place on Holy Thursday night where Christ broke bread and shared wine over supper and offered it up as HIS body AND blood. Corpus Christ reinforces the depth of what occurred that Holy night. We, as the Catholic Body all come together to form the Body of Christ and eat of the actual Body of Christ present in the Blessed Eucharist. The Eucharist is the ‘source and summit’ of our faith, the Core of our belief. This solemnity is always celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday which we celebrate this weekend. At the end of Holy Mass, there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, generally displayed in a monstrance. The procession is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
On Wednesday Evening at 6:30PM, Holy Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph R.C. Church to commemorate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi and there will be a procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of St. Joseph immediately following Holy Mass. The Procession will begin at the church, travel straight up Abercromby Street until the Corner of Medical Associates, where we will turn right and continue to travel downhill towards the direction of St. Joseph Girl’s School into Piccadilly Street and proceed to the Church Garden where Benediction will take place. The Schools of the Communities are expected to join us since they will be playing a meaningful role as well. We look forward to this great public witness of our Faith. 

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