Corpus Christi – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

This past weekend, Bishop Braxton emailed the following message to the clergy (and likely others) in the Diocese. In case you had not seen it, or were not aware of this performance by Sting and Pavarotti (like me), it is well worth taking a few minutes to watch and listen. It is beautiful, impressive, and it moved me. It is their rendition of Panis Angelicus, a prayer written by St. Thomas Aquinas (see below). Hoping that next year we will lead a Eucharistic Procession around Waterloo similar to those led yesterday in many parishes of our diocese and around the world, stay tuned…..

“The Feast of Corpus Christi
The Body of Christ, of which we are all part.

Click below and you will see and hear something that the People of God will not see or hear in Church tomorrow. If they did, they might have a renewed reverence for and appreciation of the Great Mystery of the Eucharist, the Living gift of Divine Love. May the bread that breathes and the Wine that bleeds truly nourish and refresh you on this Great Solemnity of the Lord and may the Bead of Heaven be your spiritual feast during the relaxing and renewing days of Summer.”

Panis Angelicus
Text by St. Thomas Aquinas written for the Feast of Corpus Christi
Music by César Frank

Panis angelicus
fit panis hominum;
Dat panis cœlicus
figuris terminum:
O res mirabilis!
Manducat Dominum
Pauper, servus et humilis.

Te trina Deitas
unaque poscimus:
Sic nos tu visita,
sicut te colimus;
Per tuas semitas
duc nos quo tendimus,
Ad lucem quam inhabitas.

May the Bread of Angels
Become bread for mankind;
The Bread of Heaven puts
All foreshadowings to an end;
Oh, thing miraculous!
The body of the Lord will nourish
the poor, the servile, and the humble.

You God, Three
And One, we beseech;
That You visit us,
As we worship You.
By Your ways,
lead us where we are heading,
to the light that You inhabit.