Jesus said to the Jewish crowds: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever."
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St. Juliana of Liége (Feast Day April 6)
1193 – 1258
St. Juliana and her twin sister Agnes were born in present-day Belgium. They were orphaned at the age of five and raised in
a convent. From her early youth, Juliana had great veneration for the Eucharist and longed for a special feast day in its honor. When Juliana was 16, she had her first vision, which recurred subsequently several times. Her vision presented the moon in its full splendor, crossed by a dark stripe. In time, she came to understand that the moon symbolized the life of the Church on earth, the opaque line, on the other hand, represented the absence of a liturgical feast in honor of Christ's Body and Blood. She eventually shared her visions with her confessor who had many distinguished contacts who endorsed and helped institute the feast. Juliana was canonized in 1869 by Pope Pius IX and further celebrated by Pope John Paul II, who wrote a letter mentioning her on the 750th anniversary of the feast of Corpus Christi.
TOMA TIEMPO PARA COMPARTIR
Take time to chat
• Do you realize that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist?How do you prepare to receive him?
• What do you think Jesus means when he says, “I am the living bread”?
• What do you remember from your first holy Communion?If you haven’t made your first Communion yet, what do you look forward to about that day?
Attend a Eucharistic Procession
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On the feast of Corpus Christi, many churches have Eucharistic processions. A Eucharistic procession is a public witness of the veneration of the most holy Eucharist, conducted through public streets. It takes place in this way: A consecrated host—the real presence of Jesus Christ—is placed in a monstrance, which is then lifted and carried by a priest who leads the faithful in procession. Like a pilgrimage, a Eucharistic procession normally starts at one holy place and ends at another. This earthly journey reminds the Catholic faithful of their spiritual journey toward eternal life with God.
Today, find a local Eucharistic procession and join in! Each year there is a Eucharistic Procession at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit. Other parishes have them as well.
Can’t make it to a procession? Visit Jesus at an Adoration Chapel. Many parishes have 24-hour chapels for perpetual (or continuous) adoration. As a family, spend time with the Lord in adoration. Spend time in silence, and pray for the needs of your family and friends. Bring a journal to write down anything you hear the Lord speak into your heart.