Monday, May 20, 2013

Coming in June: Worldwide Solemn Eucharistic Adoration

What a wonderful way to show our faith in Christ during this Year of Faith!

June 2, 2013, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, is the date for a worldwide hour of Eucharistic Adoration.

From the official Year of Faith web site:
On the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father will preside over a special Eucharistic adoration that will extend at the same time all over the world involving the cathedrals and parishes in each diocese. For an hour, at 5pm (Rome time), the whole world will be united in prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
 Visit the official Year of Faith Calendar.

Learn more about Eucharistic Adoration, including prayers, here.

Here are some ways you and your parish can celebrate the Real Presence:

by Lorene Hanley Duquin
For many of us, June is the first month of “real summer.” But it is also a month that contains a feast day that helps us develop a deeper appreciation for the “Real Presence” of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
On June 10, we will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, which is the Latin term for “Body of Christ.” The feast day dates back to the 13th century when a Bishop in Belgium instituted a special day to pay homage to the Eucharist. As news of the Belgian feast day spread, other dioceses adopted the idea, and in 1264, Pope Urban IV made Corpus Christi a universal feast day in the Church.
The date of the feast was set for the Thursday following Trinity Sunday. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote the official prayers for the feast day, and his words became the basis for the traditional hymns “Tantum Ergo” and “Pange Lingua.”
Traditionally the feast day was celebrated with a Eucharistic procession followed by Benediction. This tradition is still observed in some parishes. In 1983, the American Bishops moved the feast day from Thursday to the Sunday.
Here are some things your parish can do to continue to celebration of the Body of Christ throughout the month of June:
  • Put an insert into one of the June bulletins explaining our Catholic belief that ordinary bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ during the Mass.
  • Encourage parishioners to make a special visit to the Blessed Sacrament each week of the month.
  • Distribute the Our Sunday Visitor pamphlet “Five Ways to Prepare for Mass” as a way to help people deepen their own appreciation of the Eucharist.
  • Ask parishioners if they would like to be trained as Eucharistic Ministers at Mass or as part of the parish ministry to bring Holy Communion to the sick and home-bound.
  • Remind parishioners belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist is the central mystery of our Catholic faith.

From the OSV Parish web site.

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