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Saturday, June 1, 2013

June Begins with Feasts!

Jesus so much wants to show us His love; He is always waiting for us to let Him into our lives more fully. Sunday we have the Feast of Corpus Christi where we celebrate the fact that Jesus gives us Himself in the Eucharist. On Friday, we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart and on Saturday, that of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let us begin June with a great desire to receive Jesus into our hearts, into our lives and to reach out to others in need of His Love.
Here is something copied from the blog on the side, "Whispers in the Loggia":

Keeping the annual tradition in the center of Rome, the Popemobile will head out into the streets again tomorrow afternoon for the Corpus Christi Mass on the steps outside St John Lateran, followed by the evening procession of the Blessed Sacrament down Via Merulana to St Mary Major.

Like Ascension, while the holy day of obligation is still observed on its original Thursday in the Vatican, cross the city-state's border into Italy and – as with most of the rest of the global church – the feast doesn't take place til Sunday. To facilitate the widest possible participation, then, the Pope will lead a Eucharistic Holy Hour inside St Peter's on Sunday's transferred feast from 5-6pm Rome time (11am Eastern, 8am Pacific).

At yesterday's press conference on the event, the cathedrals and parishes of the world were asked to "synchronize" prayers at home with the time of the Vatican event, which is set to focus on two intercessions penned by Francis:

First: “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 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.”

Second: “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. That the Church’s prayer and its active nearness give them comfort and assistance in hope and strength and courage in defending human dignity.”

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