You can listen to the full podcast of this weeks programme HERE.
You can listen to the interview with Antoinette excerpted from the main programme HERE.
You can read more about Antoinette's work here and here.
The Feast owes its existence to Blessed Juliana of Liege, who began devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in around 1230. Largely through her insistence, in 1264 Pope Urban V commanded its observance by the universal church.
"... What you see is the bread and the chalice - this is what your eyes tell you.But what your faith needs to be informed of - the bread is the body of Christ, the chalice is his blood. This is why these things are called sacraments, because in them one thing is seen, but another is understood.
If you wish to understand the body of Christ, listen to what the apostle says to the believers, 'You are the body of Christ and his members.'
If, therefore, you are the body of Christ and his members, it is your own mystery that has been placed on the table of the Lord. It is your own mystery that you receive. To this which you are you respond 'Amen' and in responding, you accept it. What you hear is 'the Body of Christ' and to this you respond 'Amen'.
So, be a member of Christ's body, that your Amen may be true...."
|Tissot - The Last Supper|
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was sacrificed, his disciples said to him, ‘Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the passover?’ So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the city and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him, and say to the owner of the house which he enters, “The Master says: Where is my dining room in which I can eat the passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large upper room furnished with couches, all prepared. Make the preparations for us there,’ The disciples set out and went to the city and found everything as he had told them, and prepared the Passover.
And as they were eating he took some bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to them. ‘Take it,’ he said ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them, and all drank from it, and he said to them, ‘This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many. I tell you solemnly, I shall not drink any more wine until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdom of God.’
After psalms had been sung they left for the Mount of Olives.
What might I do to prepare my heart, my mind and my soul better for the celebration of Mass?
This weekend we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi. On this feast we honour the Eucharist: this sacrament of Jesus’ presence among us. We are not a people who remember a great man. We are a resurrection people who have come to know Jesus Christ, present with us. This bread and wine we bring in prayer are not symbols or reminders. In the sacrament of the Eucharist, this bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus, so that when we eat we are united with Jesus and one another, in the Body of Christ.