Worship At Home
Feast of Corpus Christi

 

 

Also available: A video recording of this Mass recorded here at Corpus Christi.

 


 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your
current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present
religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, age, background,
race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…
you are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the
Catholic Community of Corpus Christi.
Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts.

There is a place for you here.

 

 


Opening Prayer

Let us begin, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

Loving God,
we thank you for gathering us as one family and long to be together again celebrating around the same table. We call to mind the times when we have chosen to distance ourselves from you through our actions and words as we practice. Thank you for times of stillness that allow us to experience the presence of your Holy Spirit within. We lift our hands in praise as we open our hearts to the gifts of your Spirit. Breathe new life into us, and quench our thirsting souls with your love.
We ask this through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Exodus
When Moses came to the people
and related all the words and ordinances of the LORD,
they all answered with one voice,
“We will do everything that the LORD has told us.”
Moses then wrote down all the words of the LORD and,
rising early the next day,
he erected at the foot of the mountain an altar
and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
Then, having sent certain young men of the Israelites
to offer holocausts and sacrifice young bulls
as peace offerings to the LORD,
Moses took half of the blood and put it in large bowls;
the other half he splashed on the altar.
Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people,
who answered, “All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do.”
Then he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying,
“This is the blood of the covenant
that the LORD has made with you
in accordance with all these words of his.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews
Brothers and sisters:
When Christ came as high priest
of the good things that have come to be,
passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle
not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation,
he entered once for all into the sanctuary,
not with the blood of goats and calves
but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
For if the blood of goats and bulls
and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes
can sanctify those who are defiled
so that their flesh is cleansed,
how much more will the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God,
cleanse our consciences from dead works
to worship the living God.
For this reason he is mediator of a new covenant:
since a death has taken place for deliverance
from transgressions under the first covenant,
those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

The Gospel

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,
Jesus’ disciples said to him,
“Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
He sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the city and a man will meet you,
carrying a jar of water.
Follow him.
Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,
‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘
Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.
Make the preparations for us there.”
The disciples then went off, entered the city,
and found it just as he had told them;
and they prepared the Passover.
While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.
Amen, I say to you,
I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ

 


Homily

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass (Note: there is a problem with the sound near the end of the recording)

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which is also our parish Feast Day. We recall the words and actions of Jesus at the last Supper which founded the celebration of the Eucharist that we still celebrate today. Jesus took the Passover meal, a familiar act, and gave it new meaning and a new significance for his followers. When he was no longer physically present with the disciples, they were called to continue gathering around a table, sharing bread and wine.  By his words, “This is my body; this is my blood,” he promised that in these gatherings he would be present. And so, Christians continued this practice of the Lord’s Supper in homes, caves, catacombs, halls, prison cells and cathedrals. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus is really and personally present to us in the broken bread and shared cup of the Eucharist. And although we believe that Christ is present in the Scriptures, the gathered assembly, and the ministers of the Church, we hold that Christ’s presence under the form of bread and wine is one filled with great intimacy and uniqueness. We are called together again, week after week, to continue to be fed for our journey as we practice our faith until we are called home again. The Eucharist gathers God’s fragile, often failing people, to nourish, forgive, and bless, then sends us back out to be a light for the world.
Covid-19 has reminded us how interdependent we are and that what happens to one person can soon affect many others, even on the other side of the planet. Normal routines have been changed and the number of commitments reduced. Our calendars no longer divide and dominate our attention. With this time, we were confronted with our thoughts, inner voices, temptations, weaknesses, opinions, and the anxiety of all that we are and are not. In a world of busyness, noise, and distraction we were forced into a place of stillness, silence, and centeredness challenging our need to be accomplished, efficient, and productive.  For many it was exhausting, for some it was rejuvenating, and for others it was devastating. As we begin to return to worshiping together around the same table, we must acknowledge what we have been through, and what we have learned before we can lean into where we are going and the blessing of walking together again as a community. As companions to one another, we must have patience and know this timing will be different for each person. The world around us has changed and we need to remember who we are at the core, the body and blood of Christ. We are Corpus Christi to the present world. In June of 1941, The National Eucharistic Congress was held in St. Paul at the State Fairgrounds. Archbishop Murray established us as a parish which contained the fairgrounds within its geographic limits. Many have been in this parish their whole lives, some have gone away for a time and returned, some have joined us mid-journey and some have left and not returned. Wherever you are on your journey, we want to walk with you as our Welcome statement states: Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, background, race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…you are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the Catholic Community of Corpus Christi. Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts. There is a place for you here. God is love, and love does not consume or condemn, it gives and rebuilds and in doing so, receives. Jesus became a companion to his followers, teaching in ways they could understand, nudging and encouraging them along the way, helping them grasp the things happening around them, and doing it all with great love. The Eucharist has gathered us together as a community in a unique way, but we are continually being transformed so let us take time to listen to each other and share in our common experience as we practice being companions who are trusted and known. Let us gather week after week and continue to practice hope, while being fed by the Spirit. This gives us the strength to live and face the world as one united Corpus Christi family.

 

 


Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Amen.

 

 


Prayers of the Faithful

As people being fed for the journey, we in turn strive to be bread broken and shared for our sisters and brothers.

 

For the church:
May we find new ways of engaging people in the lifelong process of learning about Jesus by welcoming, listening, encouraging, and loving one another…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For our leaders:
May their hearts be turned from retribution and violence to fruitful dialogues of equality, care of the earth and human rights…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For this gathered assembly of Corpus Christi:
May the Holy Spirit continue to transform us into people of hope, joyfully sharing the love we have known as we reimagine our future…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who are lonely, grieving, depressed or anxious, yet longing for the strength and nourishment offered at this table:
May we welcome them with compassion…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died,
Especially Tom Fitzgerald…
And for those who have no one to pray for them…

(pause)

May they enjoy the heavenly banquet which awaits them…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

Generous and loving God,
you feed us through the sacred body and blood of your beloved son, Jesus. Hear these prayers of your gathered family. May this Eucharistic Feast empower us to help strengthen and unite all people as one family.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 


Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, as You are already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

 

 


Blessing of the Graduates

Before you were even formed, God knew you.
While in your mother’s womb, God named you.
At your birth, God’s breath filled you with life.
Today, we celebrate what you have become at this moment in time.
And so, we pray,
God of our beginnings,
We thank you for the gifts of these graduates;
Their excitement, their awesome wonder and curiosity,
their open speech and encouraging words.
Their contributions have blessed and challenged us,
and we have become a richer and more diverse community because of them.
As they step forward into the world that awaits, comfort their fears with the full knowledge of your divine presence.
Strengthen their resolve to walk in the footsteps of Jesus as modern-day disciples in a world that needs their spirit.
Guide their feet as they move through life,
protecting them from the pitfalls of darkness
while they help lead future generations
into the warmth and promise of your light.
We ask this blessing upon each of them,
in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
allow our lives to reveal your goodness and glory. Replenish our spirits with new strength and prepare us to meet each day with renewed thankfulness and joy. Gather our community to walk with each other again as sisters and brothers. Bless the work of our hands, that our work this day will give glory to you, and unify all people where ever they may be. As the light of the sun chases away the darkness of night, may the joy of this moment last throughout this day. And when evening comes, may we rest secure in the promise of your care.
United with our sisters and brothers everywhere,
together we pray in the words Jesus taught us:

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done.
on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

Amen.

 

 


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