Corpus Christi Celebration 2016

Corpus Christi or the Feast of the body and blood of Christ is a Catholic liturgical solemnity celebrating the belief in real presence of Jesus Christ the in the Eucharist. This is usually celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

This year, for the very first time in many years, there was a procession held in the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health, Kampung Pandan under the shepherding of Rev Fr Edwin Peter. A procession was also held in Sacred Heart Church Peel Road in the morning. The evening Mass at Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health was celebrated by the cleric-in-residence, Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam and parish priest Rev Fr Edwin Peter.

The retired prelate in his homily during Mass chose to elaborate the second reading of that Sunday, the letter of St Paul to Corinthians. It is the first written text on the establishment of Holy Eucharist. He then went on further explaining on the significance of the breaking of the bread during the Mass, a practice that is passed down from generation to generation since the time of the Apostles till this very day. Christians all over the world never cease this practice even during the Churches’ dark times where Christians were persecuted and they had no proper place to celebrate the Mass except place like the caves and undergrounds. This is because we are given the faith to acknowledge this sacred mystery of the true divine presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. For this very reason, the Blessed Sacrament is kept in the Church. Every time we receive the Holy Communion, we are receiving Christ into our hearts.

The celebrant then touched a little bit on the loving gaze of Christ mentioned in the prayer of Year of Mercy. If the loving gaze of Christ can transform the life of His disciples, it can also transform our life for it transcends all worldly understanding. Archbishop equates Christ’s loving gaze to the gaze of a mother upon her child in a cradle. He ended his sermon speaking about the redeeming power of Jesus’ Body and Blood that reaches out to us and keeps us going in our daily lives.
At the end of the Mass a procession was led by Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam, carrying the Blessed Sacrament. The communion ministers and whole community followed. The short procession surrounding the chapel ended with Benediction.

In a nutshell, it was indeed a blessed celebration as we carried Jesus present in the Eucharist to the immediate surrounding neighborhood for them to be aware of the blessings we receive during every Mass. Being redeemed by Christ, may we be enlightened of His true presence in us as we receive Him – in body and blood – and live a life reflecting His love and mercy.

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