The Body of Christ

fetscherDear Family,
Today we celebrate the Feast of The Body of Christ, aka Corpus Christi. The history of the feast itself goes back to the thirteenth century, although from the very beginning the Church knew there was a very special and unique meaning to the words of Jesus, “This is my Body, ... This is my Blood.”

The western world was emerging from the “Dark Ages,” more or less the fifth to the 12th centuries. The Huns and the Ostrogoths and the Visigoths and all those strange people had come in their respective waves. Now, especially for the Church, the thirteenth century produced people like Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Anthony of Padua, Albert the Great, Margaret of Hungary, Francis and Clare of Assisi, and on and on. It was indeed, as the book by James J. Walsh indicated, “The Thirteenth, the Greatest of Centuries.”

If mankind had abandoned God in the Dark Ages, it was no mystery that people desired something to fill the void of His absence, even if they couldn’t identify what the void was.

Into that void, came the most intimate expression of a unity with God we could imagine, the revival of the mystery of the presence of His Son under the appearance of bread and wine. The significance of using basic foods of bread and wine speaks to a basic human need, the need to be fed.

In 1264, Pope Urban IV – a very interesting character – asked Thomas Aquinas to write a special liturgy for the feast that Urban established for the whole Church. The rest is history.
One of the parts of that special liturgy is the hymn we call the “Pange Lingua” – Sing my Tongue.

I hope you will take a peaceful moment, and reflect on the words of the hymn which you can see by clicking the button below.

With thanks in the Lord, I’m yours,
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Pange Lingua

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