Through festivals, the Church gives us opportunity to reflect on how God can still be present with us in our world today. Pentecost takes place 50 days after Easter is the time when we remember God sends the Holy Spirit to be with us wherever we are in the world. The feast of Corpus Christi takes place 60 days after Easter – it’s a time to reflect on what it means to be the Corpus Christi– the body of Christ here on earth. In our special Eucharist at 5.30pm on Thursday 11 June, we will celebrate the gift of God to the Church in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Being unable to individually receive the bread and wine, this year will be different, as we can still focus on the Eucharist as both a memorial, but an act which the president of the eucharist makes corporately on everyone’s behalf.
Revd Christine Broad, Vicar of Holy Cross, Woodchurch, Mothers’ Union Chaplain and a member of the Bishop’s Staff will be our preacher, and she may help us lament the loss of the sacrament but hopefully see how we can still be spiritually incorporated into the Church, which is Christ’s body on earth. As part of the Body of Christ, we become part of the very life of God himself; this is a wonderful and sacred mystery and is at the heart of our life as Christians. In the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we are being obedient to our Lord Jesus Christ, who said the night before he died, as he took, blessed, broke and gave the bread and took, blessed and gave the cup of wine, ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’ Join us to see how we can still be united in the spirit, and remember what Jesus did for us at the Last Supper, as the inspiration of how we serve and feed others with his love today.
The service will contain music from Jean Langlais’ wonderful setting – Messe Solennelle which was recorded last June and will hopefully raise our souls to God in a powerful and mysterious way!