CORPUS CHRISTI

                                              THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that those who believe in him may not perish, but may have life everlasting." John 3:14

In the year 1208, an Augustinian nun from the city of Liege in Belgium experienced a mysterious vision. While in prayer, Blessed Juliana of Cornillon saw a full moon, the disc darkened in one area. An interior message two years later revealed that the moon was a figure of the Church. The dark line passing over it had veiled some of its brightness: signifying that Our Lord desired a great feast day in honor of the Blessed Sacrament (separate from Holy Thursday) in order to complete its glory. Corpus et Sanguis Christi or The Body and Blood of Christ was established as a feast of the Blessed Sacrament in 1246 by Bishop Robert de Thorte of Liege. In 1264, Pope Urban IV extended this feast to the Universal Church. Years before her death in 1258, Juliana communicated this” mystifying vision” to the archdeacon of Liege, Jacques Panaleon. Little did they both know at the time that he would later become Pope Urban IV, and that he would be the figure in history to announce to the entire church; what the Lord spoke interiorly to Blessed Juliana. As our parish embarks on the wonderful gift of Perpetual Adoration in the beautiful new chapel, let us open our minds and hearts to some of the benefits of becoming an adorer:

“When, in adoration, we look at the consecrated Host, the sign of creation speaks to us. And so, we encounter the greatness of His gift; but we also encounter the Passion, the Cross of Jesus and His Resurrection. Through this gaze of adoration, He draws us toward himself, within His mystery, through which He wants to transform us as He transformed the Host.” Pope Benedict XVI

It should go together with worship in Mass so that our love may be complete.” Blessed Pope John Paul II

“Being such a powerhouse of grace, Perpetual Adoration extends its influence far beyond the individual adorers, touching their homes and families and reaching out to the parish community and beyond.” Pope Paul VI

“In the Blessed Sacrament a heavenly school is open to you, with the best teacher one can possibly imagine, Jesus Christ himself.” Blessed Pope John XXIII

Sources:

Groeshel, Father Benedict, In the Presence of Our Lord

The Real Presence.org

St. Monica Perpetual Adoration Association