Appreciating the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist

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Appreciating the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist

The solemnity of Corpus Christi has been marked by a number of Tasmanian parishes as the easing of coronavirus restrictions allow parishioners to gradually return to their churches. 

Whilst the Archdiocese’s annual Walk with Christ through Hobart’s CBD was unable to take place this year, Eucharistic adoration (attendees were required to book in advance) over three hours concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament led by Archbishop Julian was held at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, June 14.

Deacon Nick MacFarlane said the feast had special meaning this year.

“A time without the Eucharist has made many realise that they have taken this great gift for granted in the past,” he said.

The solemnity of Corpus Christi honours the belief of the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. 

“Even in the small minority of Catholics who regularly attend Mass, we need to be re-enforcing that the Blessed Sacrament has life-giving power for us because in the Eucharist, Jesus our Lord comes to us to heal and forgive,” Deacon McFarlane said of the importance of the feast day. 

“Adoration and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament [are] a very good way to help us appreciate the astounding gift of Jesus coming into our hearts when we receive Holy Communion.”

The Huon Valley Parish also commemorated the feast day with a holy hour of Eucharistic adoration and at Bridgewater-Brighton Parish a short talk on the importance of the Eucharist was given by Sister Rosemary Ybanez from Mary’s Little Children Community before Sunday Mass.

The Queen of Angels Latin Mass Community held a small Eucharistic procession outside Sacred Heart Church in New Town after the community’s Sunday Mass.

Deacon McFarlane said the public display of devotion that the feast day traditionally inspires helps us to realise “we are not isolated,” but part of the ‘Body of Christ’ working together to transform our world.