News for Sunday 19th June: Corpus Christi

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2022: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The Feast of Corpus Christi (or, to give it its proper name: Corpus et Sanguis Christi) heralds the end of the sequence of liturgical seasons that started way back on 2nd March with Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent; which culminated in Holy Week and then Easter Sunday on 17th April, as we revelled in Eastertide and the Glory of The Resurrection; through to The Feast of the Ascension at the end of last month; to Pentecost on the 5th June and Trinity Sunday just last weekend. Traditionally, Corpus Christi would have been celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, although like many midweek feast days, has been moved to the nearest Sunday instead. It celebrates the institution of The Eucharist, which Jesus gave to us at The Last Supper when he told his disciples to “Do this is remembrance of me”.

In our second reading from Saint Paul's Letter to The Corinthians, he tells them: “This is what I received from the Lord; and in turn passed on to you: that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it and he said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this as a memorial of me.” In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.” Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.

The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 18th June at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 19th June at 10.30am. We give thanks for The Eucharist and for the gifts that Jesus gave to us.

David Griffiths