Saturday, June 6, 2015


Let's start with the Corpus Christi Procession: This year we will have the procession following the Prayer After Holy Communion at the 9:30 AM High Ordinary Form Mass. It will be in the Church using the canopy as on Holy Thursday. The procession will proceed down the middle aisle and turn right and down the aisle toward the Sacred Heart Chapel, turn right and go across the front of the Church, turn right and go up the aisle from the Blessed Mother's Chapel turn right at the entrance of the Church and return to the altar by the main aisle. All will chant Pange Lingua. After returning to the altar, the Most Blessed Sacrament will be incensed followed by Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament when at 12 Noon Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament will take place.

This was a few years ago and was outside (too hot, 100+, too many key liturgical people on vacation, too complicated)
This year, for the first time at St. Joseph Church, the procession will be held in the Church somewhat similar to what happens at Holy Thursday from which this photos are:

Then at 2:00 PM we will celebrate the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi as a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Beginning in September the monthly EF High Mass will move to the last Sunday of each month at 12:10 PM:

NTROIT Ps. 80:17
He fed them with the finest wheat, alleluia! and filled them with honey from the rock, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Ps. 80:2. Sing joyfully to God, our helper, sing aloud to the God of Jacob. V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT - O God, we possess a lasting memorial of Your Passion in this wondrous Sacrament. Grant that we may so venerate the mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always feel within ourselves the effects of Your redemption; who lives and rules with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

I Cor. 11:23-29
Breathren: For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, And giving thanks, broke and said: "Take ye and eat: This is my body, which shall be delivered for you. This do for the commemoration of me." In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: "This chalice is the new testament in my blood. This do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me. For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come." Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh judgment to himself.

The eyes of all look hopefully to You, O Lord, and You give them food in due season. V. You open Your hand and fill every living creature with blessing.

Alleluia, alleluia! V. John 6:56-57 My flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, abides in me and I in him, alleluia!


John 6:56-59

At that time, Jesus said to the crowds of the Jews: "For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me: and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna and are dead. He that eateth this bread shall live for ever."

Lev. 21:6
The priests of the Lord offer incense and loaves to God; therefore they shall be sacred to their God and shall not profane His name, alleluia!

SECRET  O Lord, graciously bestow upon Your Church the gifts of unity and peace, which are symbolized in this Sacrifice we offer You. Through our Lord . . .

I Cor. 11:26-27
As often as you shall eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until He comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily, will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, alleluia!

POST COMMUNION -  O Lord, grant that we may enjoy the eternal presence of Your divinity, which is foreshadowed by our earthly reception of Your Precious Body and Blood; who lives and rules with God the Father . . .


John Nolan said...

Oh, the Sequence! The Feast of Corpus Christi is relatively new (13th century) and we have a magnificent poem by St Thomas Aquinas set to 13th century chant which is very modern since the corpus of Gregorian chant had been written by the end of the 8th century.

I know of no chant which spans an octave and a half like this. It is syllabic so not difficult to sing but the cantor has to be very careful when pitching it.

Anonymous said...

Watching the funeral of Beau Biden....waiting for an expression of (self)righteous indignation when his Dad receives Communion.

Angry Augustinian said...

No righteous indignation…just sadness and a bit of disgust at what has been lost and the wide-spread acceptance of a worm like Biden receiving Communion.

Anonymous said...

You tried to make it sound serious and thoughtful, Jolly, but I gotcha. Knew I could count on you for self righteous judgement, and juvenile name-calling.