The Feast of Corpus Christi will be celebrated by the Catholic Church on June 2. According to Catholic Radio, Pope Francis is asking Catholics worldwide to join him at 5 p.m. on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi in a holy hour of Adoration. This is the first time in history that the church has joined together with the Holy Father in Eucharistic Adoration to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. The Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration will be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica. The theme of the occasion is “One Lord, One Faith”, which was chosen to testify to the deep unity that characterizes it in this Year of Faith.
The cathedrals will by synchronized with Rome and for an hour will be in communion with the Pope in Eucharistic Adoration. There has been an incredible response to this initiative, reaching Cathedrals, parishes, lay associations and religious congregations, especially cloistered ones.
Parishes synchronized with the Pope will be praying for the intentions proposed by the Pope. The first is “For the Church spread throughout the world and united today in the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist as a sign of Unity. May the Lord make her ever more obedient to hearing his Word in order to stand before the world ever more beautiful, without stain or blemish but holy and blameless. That through her faithful announcement the Word that saves us may still resonate as the bearer of mercy and may increase love to give full meaning to pain and suffering giving back joy and serenity.
The second intention is: For those around the world who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running and slave labour. For the children and women who are suffering from every type of violence. May their silent scream for help be heard by a vigilant Church so that gazing upon the crucified Christ she may not forget the many brothers and sisters who are left at the mercy of violence. Also for all those who find themselves in economically precarious situations, above all for the unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners, and those who experience marginalization. May the Church’s prayer and its active nearness give them comfort and assistance in hope and strength and courage in defending human dignity.
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi celebrates the Real Presence of Christ in the consecrated bread and wine. The Catholic Faith teaches that the bread and wine become the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ. By receiving the body and blood of Christ, Jesus lives in us, nourishing us and leading us during our pilgrimage on earth.
Eucaharistic Adoration is a devotion many Catholics practice. They spend time in silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.