Also known as the Feast of Corpus Christi. For Catholics, every Sunday is a feast of the Eucharist. Nonetheless, over the centuries, a desire to specifically celebrate the Eucharist developed. The feast of Corpus Christi owes a rather large debt to St. Juliana, a nun of Liege, Belgium, who was led to start a celebration of the Mass around AD 1230. (excerpt from http://www.churchyear.net/corpuschristi.html)
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch” (CCC 1324).
Historical Background of the Saturdays in Honor of Mary
“To dedicate Saturday in honor of Mary is an ancient custom. It is based on a legendary account that Jesus appeared to Mary on the Saturday, the day after His death. He did so to reward her for her steadfast faith in His divinity, which did not waver under the Cross. Another strain of devotional thought explains that Divine Wisdom, becoming flesh of the Virgin Mary, rested (Saturday=Sabbath=day of rest) in Mary as on a bed.
‘One of the oldest customs traced to honoring Mary on Saturday in the Church of Rome took place on the Saturday before “Whitsunday” [White Sunday]. The newly-baptized members of the Church were led from St. John’s baptistry of the Lateran to Mary’s great shrine on the Esquilin, St. Mary Major [built under Pope Liberius 352-66]. St. John of Damascus’ († 754) writings testify to the celebration of Saturdays dedicated to Mary in the Church of the East. The liturgical books of the ninth and tenth centuries contain Masses in honor of Mary on Saturday.”
The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis has a limited number of these beautiful New Testaments. Their price is $25 ($5 discount). If you purchase 5 or more, the price is $20. Contact the OEC for more information.
Cardinal DiNardo confirmed several youth with disabilities, along with the St. Ignatius Loyola youth, last night. Some of whom served as “buddies” to those attending the adapted Confirmation preparation process offered at their parish during the year. Congratulations to all the candidates. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and bless you!