Talks on Mass on the run-up to the Feast of Corpus Christi
It’s the day when at the end of the mass there is usually a procession of the Blessed Sacrament which is displayed and carried in a monstrance.
The Feast of Corpus Christi procession, led by the parish priest with the parishioners following him, may be a short little walk around the parish compound or a nice long one around the neighbourhood. The procession ends with the Blessed Sacrament being brought back to the church, followed by the Benediction.
The whole celebration evolves around the Blessed Sacrament because the feast is all about honouring the Real Presence of the Body (corpus) of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. The feast is also called the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
This year there will be no procession because of the Movement Control Order and the need for us to practise social distancing. Instead the Church of Jesus Caritas in Kepong will be streaming live the Triduum masses from Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Penang and also hosting formation or talks leading up to the feast day on Sunday June 14.
The talks are on mass, which may seem odd when the feast is specifically on the Blessed Sacrament. But that is what the essence of the mass is. The mass culminates in the celebration of the Blessed Sacrament. We are reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice for us through His crucifixion and we are also made to recall the first Eucharist at the Last Supper.
It does not stop at the reminder and recollection stage. The mass is a celebration where the church accepts Christ’s invitation to eat His Body and drink His Blood. We’re joining with all of heaven and earth in celebrating that one eternal liturgy, according to Vinny Flynn in his book The 7 Secrets of the Eucharist. “Christ’s presence is not symbolic or partial, but real and complete. He is present body, blood, soul and divinity.” The risen Christ is present to His Church in many ways, but most especially through the sacrament of His Body and Blood. 1
The talks are available online in the Church of Jesus Caritas’ YouTube channel.
June 7 Sunday 8pm The Sacrificial Dimension of the Mass (English) by Fr Michael Chua
June 8 Monday 8pm The Mass Explained (Mandarin) by Fr Simon Lau
June 10 Wednesday 8pm The Mass Explained: Scriptural Roots Part 1 (English) by Fr Dominic Tan
June 11 Thursday 8pm The Mass Explained: Scriptural Roots Part 2 (English) by Fr Dominic Tan