MANILA, May 14, 2015—In line with the ongoing liturgical year, the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) is set to mark the forthcoming Solemnity of the “Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ” (Corpus Christi), highlighting the plight of those who have less in life.
In a recent circular, Fr. Genaro O. Diwa, director of RCAM’s Archdiocesan Commission on Liturgy (ACL), shares the celebration intends to focus on the Year of the Poor, as declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), keeping in mind the words of Pope Francis: “The Body of Christ is the bread of the end times, capable of giving life, and eternal life, because the substance of this bread is love.”
According to the priest, RCAM will observe Feast of Corpus Christi on June 7, 2015, Sunday, at the Parish of Our Lady of the Pillar (Santa Cruz Church), Manila.
The program is as follows:
- 1:30 p.m. – Assembly at Santa Cruz Church
- 2:00 p.m. – Welcome Remarks
- 2:05 p.m. – Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament
- 2:10 p.m. – Talk: “Sa Pagdamay ng Mabuting Samaritano, Narinig ng Diyos ang Panaghoy ng mga Maralita” by Fr. Enrico Martin Adoviso
- 3:00 p.m. – Solemn Celebration of the Mass to be presided over by Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal
- 4:00 p.m. – Benediction/Procession to the Manila Cathedral
In this regard, Diwa requests his brother-priests to send ten persons to represent each RCAM parish in the event.
“Let us take time on this solemn feast to express our love and adoration of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and to see Him and serve Him through the poor and the powerless in our midst,” he adds.
Love in the Eucharist
In his Corpus Christi homily last year, Pope Francis reminded the faithful of God’s love present in the Eucharist.
“Communicated in the Eucharist is the Lord’s love for us: such a great love that He nourishes us with himself; a gratuitous love, always at the disposition of every hungry person and needy of regenerating his strength. To live the experience of faith means to let oneself be nourished by the Lord and to build one’s existence not on material goods, but on the reality that does not perish: the gifts of God, His Word and His Body,” he said.
Food from the Lord
The Holy Father also noted the “many offers of food that do not come from the Lord,” but seem to satisfy more people like money, success, vanity, power, and pride.
“However, the food that really nourishes us and satiates us is only that which the Lord gives us! The food the Lord offers us is different from the others, and perhaps it does not seem as tasty as certain foods which the world offers us,” he stressed. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)