City(AsiaNews) - The feast of Corpus Domini, which is celebrated today in many
countries, "is a great act of public worship of the Eucharist, a Sacrament in
which the Lord remains present beyond the time of celebration". The feast day also
renews the tradition of Eucharistic adoration, whose importance Benedict XVI
marked last Thursday by celebrating it in Rome.
today's Angelus, the pope mentioned this religious practice. However, he focused
his thoughts on Sunday services in Emilia-Romagna, and the areas hit by a recent
quake. After the Marian prayer, he spoke about World Blood Donor Day, which is celebrated
today, sponsored by the World Health Organization, expressing his "great
appreciation" for blood donors, whose gift is a "form of solidarity that is
indispensable to so many sick people."
feast of Corpus Domini," he said before the Marian prayer, "is a great act of
public worship of the Eucharist, a Sacrament in which the Lord remains present
beyond the time of celebration, staying with us forever as hours and days go
by. Saint Justin, who left a communion to those present, had deacons bring
bread to those who were absent."
this reason, "the most sacred place in a church is where the Eucharist is held.
Hence, I cannot think without being moved by the many churches seriously
damaged in the recent earthquake in Emilia Romagna in which the Eucharistic
body of Christ in the tabernacle remained under the rubbles."
great affection, I pray for these communities who must gather outdoors or in
big tents with their priests to celebrate Holy Mass. I thank them for their
witness and for what they are doing on behalf of the entire population. It is a
situation that brings out even more the importance of being united in the name
of the Lord. It also brings out the power of the Eucharistic Bread, also known
as the 'pilgrims' bread. From sharing this bread comes and renews itself the
capacity of sharing life and goods, carrying one another's burdens, and being
hospitable and welcoming."