“Do We Let God Lead Us… To Not Be Afraid To Give?” – On Corpus Christi, Francis Calls Church Beyond Its “Fence”

from: http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.co.uk/

In his first turn at the traditional outdoor rites celebrating the Lord’s Body and Blood, here below is the Pope’s homily – withVatican Radio‘s English real-time audio translation dubbed in – given earlier tonight on the steps of St John Lateran for Corpus Christi:

Even if the text of the preach is making the rounds, again, remember well that this Pope wishes to be heard as opposed to merely being read.

While the feast is always marked by the pontiffs on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday – its traditional setting, which recalls the institution of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday – where the weekday isn’t a holy day of obligation, the observance is now transferred to Sunday, which is the case across the lion’s share of the global church.

For the first time in two decades, Francis walked the traditional mile-long procession from Rome’s cathedral to St Mary Major behind the flatbed truck that carried the exposed Blessed Sacrament, instead of riding on the vehicle and spending the route on his knees before the monstrance.

While the choice surprised some, it bears recalling that, as cardinal-archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Bergoglio led an annual walking procession from the city to the shrine of Argentina’s patroness, Our Lady of Luján, located some 40 miles outside the capital.

Said Marian devotion already well in evidence over his two months on Peter’s chair, tomorrow night will see Francis close out Mary’s month by leading a public recitation of the Rosary in St Peter’s Square.

Then, as previously noted, on Sunday afternoon the Pope will lead a global hour of Eucharistic adoration in the Vatican basilica for the following intentions written by him….

First: “For the Church spread throughout the world and united today in the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist as a sign of unity. May the Lord make her ever more obedient to hearing his Word in order to stand before the world ‘ever more beautiful, without stain or blemish, but holy and blameless.’ That through her faithful announcement, the Word that saves may still resonate as the bearer of mercy and may increase love to give full meaning to pain and suffering, giving back joy and serenity.”

Second: “For those around the world who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running, and slave labour. For the children and women who are suffering from every type of violence. May their silent scream for help be heard by a vigilant Church so that, gazing upon the crucified Christ, she may not forget the many brothers and sisters who are left at the mercy of violence. Also, for all those who find themselves in economically precarious situations, above all for the unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners, and those who experience marginalization. That the Church’s prayer and its active nearness give them comfort and assistance in hope and strength and courage in defending human dignity.”

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7 Responses to “Do We Let God Lead Us… To Not Be Afraid To Give?” – On Corpus Christi, Francis Calls Church Beyond Its “Fence”

  1. kathleen says:

    As Toad will no doubt affirm, this lovely feast day, Corpus Christi, is celebrated in a beautiful way in Spain.

    The streets along which the Blessed Sacrament will pass are strewn with sweet-smelling grasses and herbs; all the balconies along the route display colourful, embroidered shawls, known as ‘mantones’, and from these balconies people fling out rose petals onto the monstrance as it passes by below; also the children who have made their First Holy Communion that year, strew rose petals in front of the Blessed Sacrament as it processes slowly along the streets. Flowers, bells and incense are everywhere amidst a constant singing of sweet hymns of adoration of the Body of Christ by those following in procession, or looking on. At each of the little adorned altars the procession reaches, it stops, and prayers and blessings are given by the priest as the Blessed Sacrament is adored.

    If only this love and honour of the Sacred Body of Christ, so evident in this magnificent public display on Corpus Christi, would be shown equally by everyone throughout the rest of the year, at each Holy Mass, and by more frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament hidden in the tabernacle!

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  2. Toad says:

    We will indeed be off to watch the ceremony in the wonderfully-named Carrion De Los Condes, Kathleen.

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  3. Reblogged this on Beyond Sodality and commented:
    Really starting to love this pope.

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  4. golden chersonnese says:

    We expect nothing less than a full report, Toad.

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  5. Toad says:

    Fie, Golden! You’ll be wanting a report on a bullfight next. But you won’t get one from Toad.

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  6. By “the text of the preach,” do you mean “the text of the sermon” or perhaps “the text of the Pope’s preaching”? There is nothing that more seriously degrades the intellectual level of a piece of writing than bad or incomprehensible grammar. These days “Catholicism Pure and Simple” seems full of that, which is really, really sad.

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  7. Toad says:

    Robert John is surely being a little unchristianly uncharitable here?
    We are doing our modest best after all, and God takes precedence over Grammar on CP&S.

    Furthermore, we are neither The Grauniad, or Hello! Magazine, with vast armies of university-trained sub-editors on hand to smelt the crude ore of our original texts into artefacts of literary gold.

    (Toad once remarked that the function of copy editors was to insert into the story the mistakes that the writer had meant to make.)

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