23rd June 2019
Corpus Christi Sunday
1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel of Luke 9:11-17
They all ate as much as they wanted
Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing.
It was late afternoon when the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.’ He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people.’ For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, ‘Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.’ They did so and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps remaining were collected they filled twelve baskets.
The Most Holy Eucharist
“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'”
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”
Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all. In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: “Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, (cf. 1322-1327)
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Mon 24 Nativity of St. John the Baptist Solemnity
Thu 27 St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, Doctor
Fri 28 The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Solemnity
Sat 29 Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity
Psalter week IV
13th Sunday in O.T.
Saints Peter and Paul, Pillars of the Church
Peter, the fisherman from Galilee, was called by Jesus to become a “fisher of men” … after the paschal events Christ entrusted him with the task of tending God’s flock in his name. From the day of Pentecost Peter governed the Church … and it was he who spoke authoritatively in the Jerusalem assembly on the problem of freedom from the obligations of the Jewish law. The mysterious plan of divine Providence led the Apostle Peter to Rome where he shed his blood as a supreme witness of faith and love for the divine Teacher. In this way he fulfilled his mission to be a sign of fidelity to Christ and of the unity of all God’s People.
Paul, the former persecutor of the newborn Church, was touched by God’s grace on the road to Damascus and became the tireless Apostle of the Gentiles. During his missionary journeys he continually preached the crucified Christ and drew groups of faithful in various cities of Europe and Asia to the Gospel cause. The Acts of the Apostles describes the long journey which led him from Jerusalem first to Syria and Asia Minor, then to Greece and finally to Rome. It is precisely here, at the centre of the then-known world, that his witness to Christ was crowned with martyrdom.
St. John Paul II, Homily on the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, 1999
FEAST OF SS. PETER AND PAUL, Saturday 29 June 4pm Mass at LPH will be for this solemnity and will cover your Sunday obligation.
There will be NO 6pm Mass at Agia Kyriaki as the Orthodox will be saying evening prayers, to which we are all invited.
CARITAS SPRING DRAW, on 30th June, ask at the Coffee Shop. Prayers and donations always help.
CARITAS PAPHOS – STORAGE ROOM NEEDED Call Wendy 9904 0294. Thank you for the non-perishable food to help the poor.
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