Today is the feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. This is a special celebration of Christ’s self-giving in the Eucharist, his abiding presence amongst us.
NOTE: Mass on June 1 in St Alphonse, 19:00 as usual. There is no Mass in Hollerich Sunday 2 June. There is a Messe Intercommunitaire in the cathedral at 18:00.
Page numbers below are for Saturday evening — Sunday may differ.
Prayers & readings, NM. p. 435
Readings, OM. p. 786
First Reading: Genesis 14:18-20
The offering of bread and wine to God made by Melchizedek is seen as a foreshadowing of the bread and wine blessed, broken and shared by Jesus at the Last Supper, and offered at our Eucharist.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Paul emphasises that he is passing on the tradition of the breaking of bread and blessing of the cup as he himself received it from the Lord. As Paul’s conversion was after the death and resurrection of Jesus, he regards the tradition of the Eucharist as a tradition coming directly from the Lord himself. Our Eucharist is part of that same tradition.
Gospel John 16:12-15
The gift of the Eucharist is prefigured in the ‘feeding miracles’ — the teaching of the Lord, gathering of food, blessing and abundance.
The sequence NM. 409
This is not usually read at Mass, but is a poetic reflection on the Eucharist.
Preface of the Most Holy Eucharist II NM. 504