News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th June 2021: The Feast of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus et Sanguis Christi)
The celebration of The Eucharist has always been central to the life of the church. This is what Jesus commanded us to do when he met with his disciples at The Last Supper: 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.” It is above all at the Eucharist that Christians become one in Christ, sharing together as 'one body', the 'one bread' of The Lord. In the early church, Christians had to celebrate The Eucharist, the Mass, in secret for fear of persecution and death. Two thousand years later, there are still countries where Christians are having to do this.
The Catholic Truth Society published a very helpful booklet in 1998 called “One Bread, One Body” from which various excerpts have been used in this 'blog': “Amen” is a word we use often in prayer and worship. Although sometimes translated simply as 'So be it!' or 'Yes', it comes from a Hebrew root which implies firmness and sureness. When we say ''Amen' at various times during the Mass – above all our 'Great Amen' at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer – we proclaim that we believe what has been said, that we unite ourselves to the prayer and that we are committed to all that it means. The Mass is the sacrament of salvation, the memorial of the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We say “Amen” to this truth of faith when we receive Holy Communion.”
You can celebrate that mystery of faith at the First Mass of Corpus Christi on Saturday 5th June at 6.00pm or at the Parish Mass on Sunday 6th June at 10.30am.
“We are a pilgrim people, struggling at all times to move from sinfullness to holiness. We come to the Eucharist knowing that we are unworthy, but trusting in the Lord's word of healing forgiveness and in his power to transform and renew us.” (One Bread, One Body)