This week we celebrate Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
The Feast of Corpus Christi, also known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, celebrates the Real Presence of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the elements of the Eucharist. Two months earlier, the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper is observed on Holy Thursday in celebration leading to Good Friday. The liturgy on that day also commemorates Christ's washing of the disciples' feet, the institution of the priesthood, and the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The feast of Corpus Christi was proposed by Saint Thomas Aquinas to Pope Urban IV to create a feast focused solely on the Holy Eucharist, emphasizing the joy of the Eucharist being the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. In 1264, the pontiff, then living in Orvieto, established the feast of Corpus Christi as a Solemnity and extended it to the whole Roman Catholic Church. The feast is assigned to the Sunday after the Most Holy Trinity.
In some parishes, there is a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, usually displayed in a monstrance. The procession is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A notable Eucharistic procession, presided over by the Pope each year in Rome, begins at the Lateran Basilica and passes to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, where it concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Readings are available on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website: www.usccb.org
On Saturday, June 5, the 5PM English and 7PM Spanish Masses will be live streamed on YouTube. You may access the live stream by clicking on the YouTube logo under “CONNECT WITH US” at the bottom of the website frontpage. These Masses will be available for future viewing as recordings by clicking the same YouTube link.
The Archdiocese of Chicago continues to update the COVID-19 protocols for attending Mass in person. Although the CDC, the state, and the city have made new recommendations, for the time being, reservations and masks are still required for attending Mass here at St. Padre Pio.
Also, the Archdiocese encourages getting vaccinated. "A Catholic can, in good conscience, receive the COVID-19 vaccines, as declared by our Holy Father and evidenced by Cardinal Cupich’s own vaccination. Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine should be understood as an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good."
Mass Intentions are available with the following link:
Mass intentions for the week of Corpus Christi