Friday, May 27, 2016

Corpus Christi Mass in Cheltenham

Yesterday a beautiful Mass for Corpus Christi was celebrated by Fr Ian McCarthy at Cheltenham, served by Damian Barker of YCA.

Fr McCarthy gave an outstanding homily. He told us a little known fact: that if one had solely attended the Novus Ordo Mass since 1969, and despite the addition of many more scriptural readings since Vatican II, one would have missed the Epistle traditionally used for hundreds of years on the feasts of Corpus Christi and Maundy Thursday. This Epistle is completely absent from all Novus Ordo Missals! And what an important Epistle it is! It is 1 Corinthians 11:23-29...

[23] For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread. [24] And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me. [25] In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.
[26] For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. [27] Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. [28] But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice[29] For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. 

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