Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Dare thy most to praise Him well;
For He doth all praise excel;
None can ever reach His due.

— From the Sequence for today’s feast

ALL TOGETHER BEFORE THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

At the moment of Adoration, we are all equal, kneeling before the Sacrament of Love. […] To be all together in prolonged silence before the Lord present in his Sacrament is one of the most genuine experiences of our being Church, which is accompanied complementarily by the celebration of the Eucharist, by listening to the word of God, by singing and by approaching the table of the Bread of Life together. Communion and contemplation cannot be separated, they go hand in hand. If I am truly to communicate with another person I must know him, I must be able to be in silence close to him, to listen to him and look at him lovingly. True love and true friendship are always nourished by the reciprocity of looks, of intense, eloquent silences full of respect and veneration, so that the encounter may be lived profoundly and personally rather than superficially. And, unfortunately, if this dimension is lacking, sacramental communion itself may become a superficial gesture on our part.

Instead, in true communion, prepared for by the conversation of prayer and of life, we can address words of confidence to the Lord, such as those [of the] Psalm: “O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your handmaid. You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord” (Ps 116:16-17).

— Pope Benedict XVI, Homily for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, 2012

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