Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Good-bye to Fr. McNeill
Today (Sunday, May 25) Fr. Neil McNeill celebrate High Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This feast is also known as the Feast of Corpus Christi. For more photographs of the Mass and the Eucharistic Procession, please see the web page dedicated to it.
We at Our Lady Queen of All Saints have become accustomed to having beautiful celebrations of Holy Mass with Fr. McNeill; and it is with sadness that we learn that Fr. McNeill is being transferred by Bishop Michael Jarrell.
Bishop Jarrell recognizes the great ability of Fr. McNeill, and has called him to a greater service in the diocese. As of June 16, Fr. McNeill will become the Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministries for the diocese. In order to better carry out that function, he will be assigned as pastor of a parish in Lafayette, St. Jules.
We pray for Fr. McNeill, that he will continue to carry out the work of our Lord Jesus Christ in his new position. And we pray with Bishop Jarrell as he contemplates a new pastor for OLQAS, that the Holy Spirit may guide him in making a good selection.
Feast of Corpus Christi
The Feast of Corpus et Sanguis Christi (the Body and Blood of Christ) has its orgins nearly 800 years ago with St. Juliana of Liege, an Augustinian nun. From her youth, Juliana had a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and she longed for a special feast in its honor.
Juliana was a nun at the convent of Cornillon (so, she is sometimes known as Juliana of Cornillon). While there she received a vision in a dream: the moon was divided into two equal parts by a black stripe. At first she didn’t understand it, but it was revealed to her that the black stripe represented a missing feast from the Church (represented by the moon).
Juliana made her ideas known to the Bishop of Liege – and also to Jacques Pantaleon, who was Archdeacon of Liege. At the time, bishops had the authority to order feasts peculiar to their dioceses, and in 1246 Bishop Robert of Liege ordered a Feast of Corpus Christi.
As it turns out, Jacques Pantaleon (who also had a love of the Eucharist) became Pope Urban IV; and in 1264, as Pope Urban IV, he ordered the feast to be placed on the universal calendar for celebration throughout the Catholic World.
Pope Urban IV also commissioned St. Thomas Aquinas to write the office for the feast. This office has become one of the most beloved ever written. This office includes Pange Lingua (and Tantum Ergo), O Salutaris Hostia, and the sequence Lauda Sion Salvatorem.
Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.
For a great website devoted to increasing devotion to the Blessed Sacrament by exploring the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist (including a valuable collection of Eucharistic miracles), visit TheRealPresence.org.