Sun 26 Jun, 2011
Tags: Anima Christi, Benedictine Sisters, Corpus Christi, Prayer
“I am the bread of life…” (Jn6:48)
This is the source and summit of every Christian life and every Christian action. We as Christians are summoned to unite with Love so thoroughly that nothing has the power to separate us from our source of life, the love of our Triune God.
Love becoming life-giving-bread was Jesus’ mission and it continues to be his mission through us. This is the honor we have and we are given the grace to fulfill our mission through participation in the celebration of Eucharist. During Eucharist we learn how to be bread for the world, how to extend unconditional love for all of the people of God. This is the life-giving mission of the church.
Corpus Christi is a celebration of thanksgiving for the gift of Eucharist and has been celebrated worlwide since 1264. It began with a great devotion to the Eucharist by St. Juliana of Mont Cornillion in Belgium. She desired to have a feast dedicated to the honor of the Eucharist.
It is good and fitting to thank God for our Finest Gift. Besides giving thanks to God for such a gift, it also seems appropriate to ask God for the grace to enflesh Jesus as His mystical body by praying the “Anima Christi.”
SOUL of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Separated from Thee let me never be.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me.
To come to Thee, bid me,
That I may praise Thee in the company
Of Thy Saints, for all eternity.
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