St Augustine of Hippo
“Jesus speaks in silence in the Mystery of the Eucharist,” he said, “and every time reminds us that to follow Him means to come out of ourselves and make of our own lives, not a possession, but a gift to Him and to others......Faced with the neediness of the crowd, the solution of the disciples (in the Gospel) is that every man should take care of himself… How many times do we Christians have this temptation?” he asked his listeners. “We do not care for the needs of others, dismissing them with a pitiful, ‘God help you.’” .....
Last year in the lead up and during the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, the Irish Dominicans held a series of talks and reflections on the great Eucharistic hymns written for the feast of Corpus Christi by Thomas Aquinas which were recorded and can be viewed on their Dominican Interactive website:
- Theologian to the Papal Household, fr Wojciech Giertych OP, preached a homily on the text of one of the best-loved Eucharistic hymns: the 'Pange Lingua', composed by St Thomas Aquinas OP for the feast of Corpus Christi
- Fr Paul Murray OP, Professor of Spiritual Theology at the Angelicum University, Rome, preached on the text of the 'Adoro Te Devote'. Fr Paul is a poet and a theologian, and he shares with us some insights into St Thomas as poet and theologian.
- Fr Terence Crotty's talk on the 'Lauda Sion', the Sequence for the feast of Corpus Christi.
- Fr John Harris OP, the Regent of Studies of the Irish Province of Dominicans, spoke at the final evening session of the 'Adoro Te Devote' programme, held in conjunction with the International Eucharistic Congress. His topic was the 'Verbum Supernum Prodiens', the hymn written by St Thomas Aquinas for Lauds of the feast of Corpus Christi.
Gospel – Luke 9:11-17
Blue Eyed Ennis here and here
Centre for Liturgy
Liturgical Odds and Ends
Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter Week 1, 9th Week in Ordinary Time
Pope’s Intentions for June
General – That a culture of dialogue, listening and mutual respect may prevail among the nations.
Missionary – That where secularisation is strongest, Christian communities may learn to effectively promote a new evangelisation.
Saints of the Week
June 3rd - St Kevin of Glendalough (In Ireland). (On the universal calendar it is the feast of St Charles Lwanga and Companions – the Ugandan martyrs)
June 4th – St Charles Lwanga and Companions – Ugandan martyrs (In Ireland)
June 5th – St Boniface
June 6th - St Jarlath
June 7th – Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (First Friday)
June 8th – Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary