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AND TODAY WE CELEBRATE… The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (SUNDAY, JUNE 14)


“I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven”

The meaning of the celebration


+ A special liturgical celebration honoring the mystery of the Eucharist was first proposed by Saint Juliana of Mount Cornillon, a Norbertine nun in Belgium.


+ In 1264, Pope Urban IV (who had known Saint Juliana and her friend and confident Blessed Eva of Liege) approved the feast of Corpus Christi and extended the celebration to the Universal Church.


+ At the request of Pope Urban, Saint Thomas Aquinas composed the prayers and hymns used in the Divine Office and Mass for the feast and some of these prayers continue to be used for the celebration even today.


+ Over the centuries the focus of the celebration came to center on the consecrated host of the Mass (so much so that Blessed Pope Pius IX created a separate feast in honor of the Precious Blood of Christ on July 1). However, in the reforms preceding and following the Second Vatican Council, the focus of this solemnity was broadened to again celebrate the fullness of the mystery of Christ’s gift of his Body and Blood and his abiding presence in the Church (see the Collect and Preface for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ).


For prayer and reflection



“Christ gave us his flesh to eat in order to deepen our love for him. When we approach him, then, there should be burning within us a fire of love and longing.”—Saint John Chrysostom





To learn about the religious communities dedicated to the mystery of the Eucharist see the list below.


For Men


Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (Priests and Brothers): www.blessedsacrament.com/vocation


Franciscan Brothers of the Eucharist: www.fbecommunity.org


For Women


Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (Clyde, MO): www.benedictinesisters.org


Eucharistic Franciscan Missionary Sisters: www.efmsla.com



Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration: www.fspa.org/showmeasign


Sisters of the Incarnate Word and the Blessed Sacrament (Houston, TX): email mcaisido@incarnateword.org


Sisters of the Incarnate Word and the Blessed Sacrament (Corpus Christi, TX): www.iwbscc.org


Sisters of the Incarnate Word and the Blessed Sacrament (Victoria, TX): www.iwbsvictoria.org


Sisters of the Incarnate Word and the Blessed Sacrament (Parma, OH): www.incarnatewordorder.org


Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery (Menlo Park, CA): www.opnunsmenlo.org



Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament (Farmington Hills, MI): www.opnuns-fh.org


Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery (Bronx, NY): www.opbronx.org


Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (Cleveland, OH): www.mercedariansisters.org


Nuns of the Monastery of Perpetual Adoration (San Francisco, CA): www.adorejesus.org


Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (Hanceville, AL): www.olamnuns.org


Sacramentine Nuns (Scarsdale, NY): www.sacramentinenuns.org


Servants of the Blessed Sacrament: www.blesacrament.org


Sisters Servants of the Blessed Sacrament: www.sisterservantssjs.org


Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration (Colorado Springs, CA): www.stfrancis.org


Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration (Mishawaka, IN): www.ssfpa.org


Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament: www.katharinedrexel.org


Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters: www.corpuschristicarmelites.org


Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist: www.sistersofmary.org


Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist: www.osfholyeucharist.org




O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament

have left us a memorial of your Passion,

grant us, we pray,

so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood

that we may always experience in ourselves

the fruits of your redemption.

Who live and reign with God the Father

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


(from The Roman Missal)


Raphael Benedict

Raphael Benedict is a Catholic who wants nothing but to spread the catholic faith to reach the ends of the world. Make this possible by always sharing any article or prayers posted on your social media platforms. Remain blessed

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