With the great Solemnity of Corpus Christi upon us, the celebration of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the Saints lead the way in contemplation of this fathomless mystery…
“Put aside all care and preoccupation and receive with joy the most holy Body and the most holy Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in holy remembrance of Him.” - St Francis of Assisi
The Body and Blood of Christ are given to us so that we ourselves will be transformed in our turn. We are to become the Body of Christ, his own Flesh and Blood. We all eat the one bread, and this means that we ourselves become one. In this way, adoration becomes union. God no longer simply stands before us as the One who is totally Other. He is within us, and we are in Him. – Pope Benedict XVI
To make room in our life for the Eucharistic Lord, so that He can change our life into His – is that asking too much? - St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Corpus Christi: the day of adoration, thanksgiving, praise, worship, joy and silent wonder par excellence. In all these aspects of prayer we meet God; ‘God with us’ in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The same Jesus Christ who was born of Mary, lived in Nazareth, called the apostles, healed the blind, raised the dead, forgave sinners, was crucified on Calvary and is eternally risen and truly alive – this is the Lord and humble Savior we receive. In awe of His Presence, the book of Sirach says it best: “Though we speak much we cannot reach the end, and the sum of our words is: "He is the all." (Sir 43:27) May you have a blessed Feast with Our Eucharistic Lord!
The Hymn: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence translated by Gerard Moultrie
Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descending
Comes our homage to demand.
King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.
Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
Comes the powers of hell to vanquish
As the darkness clears away.
At His feet the six winged seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Lord Most High!