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JERUSALEM – The Latin Church on the Thursday after Holy Trinity Sunday, solemnly celebrates the  Feast of Corpus Christi (“Body of Christ”) in solemn commemoration of the reality of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist.  In Jerusalem, the Holy Mass was celebrated on June 15, 2017 by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate.

It was in the Middle Ages, from the thirteenth century that this feast was created at Pope Urban IV’s  initiative.  At the time, the priest carried the Eucharist in procession in the middle of the streets of the city. Today, many processions are held around the world to celebrate the Blessed Sacrament. Corpus Christi is not only an opportunity to worship and receive Him. It is also an opportunity to reflect on how we respond to God’s love for us and to ponder on our journey towards recognition, communion and forgiveness. It is also an opportunity to give thanks to the Lord for his generosity and love.

In Jerusalem, the Mass on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi was celebrated in the Holy Sepulcher by Archbishop  Pizzaballa, concelebrated by several priests. It was an opportunity for many faithful to enter into true communion with Christ at the place where he was buried and had risen.

In his homily, the Archbishop recalled that “It is with this Body that Jesus loved those whom He met, those He approached, those He looked at and saw, He felt compassion for them, those He touched and allowed to touch; He let himself be perfumed. He laid hands on, He caressed, He listened, He spoke. He felt hunger and thirst, tiredness and fear, He shared the way, He sat at table, He experienced tenderness and anger. He prayed to the Father. This Body healed and saved, wherever it went.”

The Mass concluded with the traditional procession with the Blessed Sacrament around the Edicule, then Benediction on the three altars, one of which was in the Tomb of Christ to honor him once again.

Vivien Laguette

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