May 26, 2013

Liturgical Guide: Corpus Christi

The hymns selected from the Liturgy of the Hours for use on the Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ reflect the theme of 'sharing our life with Christ'. In the following video, Fr. James Gardiner of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land located in Washington, D.C. shares some of his thoughts about Corpus Christi. He begins by noting it's similarity with Holy Thursday and the institution on that day of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The Feast of Corpus Christi was established in 1264 by Pope Urban IV. In the same year he commissioned St. Thomas Aquinas to compose a special Office for Corpus Christi which included Pange Lingua Gloriosi, Tantum Ergo Sacramentum and Adoro Te Devote. Fr. Gardiner sums up by reminding us that "like the consecrated Bread and Wine, we are challenged to be, ourselves, a real presence of Christ in the world".

46. Father, We Thank Thee
108. I Shall Praise the Savior's Glory
113. In the Midst of Death (We Who Were Once Dead)
114. I Am the Bread of Life
121. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
134. Lord Who at Your First Eucharist Did Pray
135. God with Hidden Majesty

Hail Our Saviour's Glorious Body
Forth From on High the Father Sends

Verbum Supernum Prodiens
Pange Lingua


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