6 Jun 2015

7th June 2015 - Interview with Antoinette Moynihan about Children's Adoration - Corpus Christi

On this weeks programme John is joined by Antoinette Moynihan who is the national coordinator of the Children's Adoration programme which is now in its fourth year. We have our reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as some other liturgical odds and ends. 

You can listen to the full podcast of this weeks programme HERE

Children's Adoration

John and Ann are joined Antoinette Moynihan and Martina O'Sullivan who share their experiences of being involved with Children' Adoration.

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.

Feast of Corpus Christi

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. 

While the Church celebrates the Institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday because it falls within the solemn and reflective time of the Easter Triduum, Juliana wanted to encourage a joyful celebration of this great gift of our Divine Master to the Church and to the world. The feast this week encourages us to recognise that we too are the Body of Christ in the world today remembering the words of St Teresa of Avila, 
"Christ has no body now but yours. 
 No hands, no feet on earth but yours. 
 Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. 
 Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. 
 Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. 
 Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. 
 Christ has no body now on earth but yours".
The feast itself is one full of tradition and often times public witness to our faith by processions and public benediction. It is a reminder of the centrality of the Eucharist to our faith life, what the Vatican Council called the "source and summit" of our faith.
"... 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...."
St Augustine of Hippo

Previous posts from the blog on the feast of Corpus Christi including the hymns written for the feast day by St Thomas Aquinas can be read HERE.

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.
This Sundays Gospel is from Marks account of the Last Supper. He starts by telling us of the disciples preparations for Passover. Jesus insisted that they prepare well, so that all could celebrate well. ... Do we take time to prepare for our receiving of the Eucharist or do we just take it for granted each time we go to Mass.

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.

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 2

Saints of the Week

June 8th - St William of York
June 9th - St Columba (Colum Cille)- co-patron of Ireland
June 11th - St Barnabas (apostle)

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