Holy Sacrament: They ate and were all satisfied

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“The Eucharist is an ever-new gesture of our relationship with the Lord and that is why it must always be a feast for us.”

Readings: Sunday of the Blessed Sacrament

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, the Feast of God, which we celebrate today, rekindles our faith in this great truth of Jesus Christ truly present in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: "... my flesh is the true food and my blood is the true drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I dwell in him,” says our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel.

The multiplication of bread foreshadows the sacrament of the Eucharist instituted by the Lord at the Last Supper: on the eve of his passion, Jesus thanked and praised God and, in so doing, through the power of his love, transformed the meaning of death to which he was going. The fact that this sacrament has taken the name “Eucharist” - “thanksgiving” - expresses precisely this: that the change of the substance of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is the fruit of Christ's gift of himself; a gift of love stronger than death. That is why the Eucharist is food of eternal life, Bread of Life.

Thanks to the Eucharist, Jesus, God made man is there in person among us; we can pray, worship, talk to him, thank him...

The Holy priest of Ars said: "There is nothing more beautiful than the Eucharist. If we knew how beautiful the Eucharist is, we would die of love.”

Yes, the Blessed Sacrament is Jesus, living and risen, the same who was born in Bethlehem two thousand years ago and is now with our Heavenly Father. It is he who is present in the Eucharist.

If Jesus Christ comes to us in the Eucharist, it is so that we may approach Him. Similarly, when the Son of God has made himself close to us by making himself one of us, our brother, in the birth of the Virgin Mary, likewise and even more perhaps, he becomes close in the Eucharist so that we can pray to him and be with him quite simply.

The Holy priest of Ars, before spending his days in the confessional, spent them praying silently in his church in front of the tabernacle.

If the Lord instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist it is to facilitate us access to His person, His grace, His blessings, His blessings.

He must also be recognized and respected in order to benefit from his aid. How can we grow in the faith and love of Christ if we do not take time in front of Him, with Him, if we pass by Him, or if we neglect to prepare our hearts when we communion. Yes, it is important that we have great respect for the Eucharist, where the Most High is at the same time the Most Near.

Through Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament, with Him and in Him we go to the Father and give him glory. At the same time, as we receive the Body of Christ, we come closer to each other, for together we become the Body of Christ. Without letting us be invaded by scruples that would betray a lack of trust, let us keep in mind the words of St. Paul to the early Christians: Before communing with this Body and Blood, let everyone do an examination and only after that, let him dare to approach it, because whoever approaches it indignantly faces condemnation for he has forgot that it was the Body and Blood of Christ! (1st to the Corinthians, c.11, v.27-29). These phrases are not meant to scare us, but they remind us that we cannot go to communion without recognizing deeply in faith that it is the Body of Christ that we receive.

But we must not forget that the Eucharist is above all the sacrament of mercy. God acts according to His goodness. Thus, by being nourished by His Eucharist, the Lord comes to heal us from our weaknesses and to make us live; He brings us peace. We must therefore prepare ourselves as best we can for this encounter, thinking first of all about the love and mercy that the Lord wants to offer us.

The respect and worship due to the Eucharist are not the residues of ancient and obsolete piety... No, respect and worship of the Blessed Sacrament is the expression of our faith in the real presence of Christ in his sacrament, our faith being based on the words of Jesus himself: “This is my body, this is my blood”. Can we believe that we have a true faith in Christ, if for too easy pretexts we miss the rendezvous of His Eucharist? People often say, “I am a believer, but not a practitioner.” It is true that by practicing charity in our daily lives, we are already close to the heart of Christ. But can we live a true charity for a long time if we neglect to feed on Christ, his body which is the Eucharist?

The Eucharist is an ever-new gesture of our relationship with the Lord and that is why it must always be a feast for us. This is the purpose of today's feast: the feast of the Blessed Sacrament, the feast of our closeness to the Lord in the Eucharist

Father Christophe Hermanowicz

Gospel and Homily

Panis Angelicus (César Franck, Organ: Guy Didier, Voice: Jacqueline Richard)

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Ubi Caritas and Amor

Ubi caritas and amor, Deus ibi is.

Tantum ergo Sacramentum Veneremur cernui!

And antiquum documentum Novo cedat ritui!

Praestet fides supplementum Sensuum defectui

Genitori, Genitoque Laus and Jubilatio,

Salus, honor, virtus quoque, sit and benedictio!

This is a good place for Compar. Amen

This sacrament is so big! Let's worship him, prostrated.

Let the old rites be erased before the new cult!

May faith be a substitute for the weaknesses of our senses!

To the Father, and to the Son whom He begets, praise and overflowing joy;

Greetings, honor, all-power and always blessing!

To the Spirit who proceeds of both be given even praise.


People of Brothers, People of Sharing

(Voice: Jacqueline Richard, Laurence Tassi)

Organ: At the Great Organ, Guy Didier

- Entry: “Dialogue on the Great Games” (F. Couperin)

- Offertory: “Panis Angelicus” (C. Franck). Voice: Jacqueline Richard

- Communion: “Fugue en Ut” (J. Pachelbel)

- Release: “Ciacona” (J.Pachelbel)

On wikipedia:

François Couperin

Caesar Franck

Johann Pachelbel

The other homilies of Father Christophe Hermanowicz

Also read: THE FIP of the week

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