For three consecutive weeks we take part in the Feasts of Pentecost, Holy Trinity, and Corpus Christi. My favorite of these three feasts is Corpus Christi.
This year we will have a Solemn Procession of the Eucharist in the Church at the 12:00 PM Mass. Following the Mass there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM in the upper church.
First Communicants are welcome to dress in their first communicant outfits. By this time all the children who have been preparing to receive their First Holy Communion have now received Him.
I am always grateful to God to see so many people come to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It truly shows that our parish is alive and filled with love for Jesus Christ. Unlike Sunday Mass, we are not obligated in visiting Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. However, the Lord wants us to come to Him and to freely make time for Him even if it is just for a few minutes. Saint Padre Pio said: “A thousand years of enjoying human glory is not worth even an hour spent sweetly communing with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.”
As we look at Jesus in the Eucharist may we contemplate His Face. As we gaze upon Him, He is looking right back at us.
Permit me to share with you some words of wisdom from Padre Pio
Kneel down and render the tribute of your presence and devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Confide all your needs to Him, along with those of others. Speak to Him with filial abandonment, give free rein to your heart and give Him complete freedom to work in you as He thinks best.
Let us truly embrace the gift of this feast, the gift of the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of the faith.
O Sacrament most holy! O Sacrament divine!
In Jesus and Mary,
Fr. Jeff Yildirmaz