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Real Presence


“Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,

Jesu, of your love befriend us,

You refresh us, you defend us,

Your eternal goodness send us

in the land of life to see.”



From Sunday’s Sequence “Laud, O Zion”


This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, formerly Corpus Christi. After this Sunday, the following Sundays will all be in Ordinary Time until the great Solemnity of Christ the King in late November. Many know that this summer there will be a National Eucharistic Congress which will include many speakers offering a variety of talks focused on the Eucharist. It will take place in Indianapolis from July 17th through the 21st. Four pilgrimages will begin in different parts of our country that will converge in Indianapolis. From the Feb. 9th edition of “Today’s Catholic” we read that: “The first day of the congress, Wednesday, will see the culmination of the four National Eucharistic Pilgrimages, which are set to kick off in May. Starting from four different spots – San Francisco, northern Minnesota, southern Texas in the Diocese of Brownsville, and Connecticut – the pilgrimages will process the Eucharist thousands of miles to Indianapolis, with Catholics invited to join in and walk small segments along the way.”


Speakers for the event will include the United States Papal Nuncio Cardinal Christoph Pierre. A papal nuncio acts as a link between the Pope and the Vatican with the ecclesial leaders or bishops of a particular nation. Also speaking will be Bishop Andrew Cozzens of Crookston, Minnesota, who oversees the United States Bishop’s Eucharistic Revival initiative. Hopefully, there will be a way to watch or listen to the inspirational talks held during the Congress this summer. As we celebrate this great Solemnity, may we always have reverence for the real presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith.






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