CORPUS CHRISTI MASS WITH BENEDICTION – Thursday 11 June, 7pm

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CORPUS CHRISTI MASS WITH BENEDICTION – Thursday 11 June, 7pm

The streamed service will be here

Meeting ID: 731 493 2697 Password: 6DwUji

The Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (as it is often called today), goes back to the 13th century, but it celebrates something far older: the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Last Supper. While Holy Thursday is also a celebration of this mystery, the solemn nature of Holy Week, and the focus on Christ’s Passion on Good Friday, overshadows that aspect of Holy Thursday. This service provides the opportunity both to contemplate and to participate in the miracle of the continuing presence of our God – through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – with us and in our very being. This year that participation is somewhat strained by distance as the church is closed for public services, but combined with Benediction it nevertheless provides a powerful engagement with Jesus’ presence with us through good and ill.

Here is the service sheet, with the texts for Benediction

Corpus Christi booklet

And here is a fabulous expression of this mystery:

“When the Almighty God meant to stoop so low as to be fixed in our centre, he chose for his mother a holy person and a maid. She received the angel’s message with such sublimity of faith that her faith was turned to vision, her hopes into actual possession, and her grace into glory. She who was full of God, bearing God in her virgin womb and the Holy Spirit in her heart, arose with taste and gladness to communicate that joy which was designed for all the world. Let us notice how light and airy was the coming of the Virgin, as she made haste over the mountains; her very little burden which she bear hindered her not but that she might make haste enough; her spirit was cheerful, and her body full of life. And there is this excellency in religion, that when we carry Christ within us, his presence is not so peevish as to disturb our health, nor so sad as to decompose our cheerfulness, but he re-creates our body by charity and fills us with serenity. For as the virgin climbed mountains easily, so there is no difficulty in our life so great but it may be managed by those assistances we receive from the holiest Jesus, when we carry him about us.”

From Bishop Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), The Life of our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ