The Feast of Corpus Christi is June 22 (webcast now available)
posted on Friday, June 20, 2014
In a very real sense, every Eucharist is a feast of the Corpus Christi (at Saint Thomas, we have nearly one thousand Masses every year), but on Sunday, June 22, we take the time to contemplate the Holy Mysteries in depth, to dig deep in heart and mind as we attempt to understand what it is we are doing when we go to the altar rail to receive the Blessed Sacrament.
Of course, during Holy Week, on Maundy Thursday, we commemorate the institution of the Eucharist by our Lord. Yet, because Holy Week is full of so much activity surrounding our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection, it is appropriate that we set aside a time later in the year to return to ponder this most intimate and yet ubiquitous of sacraments. The feast day itself actually falls on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday. However at Saint Thomas we celebrate it on the Sunday following Trinity Sunday so that the maximum number of people can participate.
It is not by accident that this day falls after Easter Day, Ascension Day, the Day of Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. The risen Lord has ascended into heaven. He has sent his Spirit, and this same Spirit consecrates the bread and wine. Christ our Passover is once again sacrificed for us. Take and eat.
On this particular Corpus Christi Sunday we are pleased to have the Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Girls Choir sing at the 11am Festal Eucharist. They sing music of Peter Mathews, William Harris and Karl Jenkins.
Here are some sermons in the archive you might consider reading to learn more about Holy Communion and the Feast of Corpus Christi:
Sacramental Courtesy (2011) by Fr Mead
Come to the Banquet; Dress for the Occasion (2011) by Fr Mead
Good Manners (2010) by Fr Mead
Corpus Christi 2009 (2009) by Fr Mead
Participation in Communion (2008) by Fr Austin
Corpus Christi (2008) by Fr Austin
Real Presence, Real Difference (2006) by Fr Mead
Maundy Thursday (2003) by Fr Mead
Corpus Christi I: Transubstantiation and Transformation (2002) by Fr Mead
Corpus Christi II: Respect for the Real Presence (2002) by Fr Mead
The Body of Christ (2001) by Fr Mead