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The Feast of Corpus Christi

O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment thine!

Happy Feast of Corpus Christi!

To assist in your celebration and commemoration of Corpus Christi, here are some good resources on the Blessed Sacrament.

Msgr Charles Pope provides a reflection on that great antiphon written by the Angelic and Common Doctor of the Church, the Dominican theologian St Thomas Aquinas – http://blog.adw.org/2013/01/a-beautiful-summary-of-eucharistic-theology-in-an-antiphon-by-aquinas-2/

CatholicExchange provides some Aquinas-composed texts for the Office and Mass of Corpus Christi (the story goes that Pope Urban IV asked Sts Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure to compose the Office for Corpus Christi.  As St Thomas Aquinas read his composition, St Bonaventure listened with tears of emotion, and began to tear his composition into little pieces.  When his turn came, he revealed what he had done, and explained that he thought Aquinas’ work alone was worthy for the Office of Corpus Christi, making it unnecessary to consider St Bonaventure’s composition)  – http://catholicexchange.com/corpus-christi-our-debt-to-st-thomas-aquinas

Fr Lasance composed a book in the early part of the 1900s, entitled “The Blessed Sacrament Book”.  This book has over 1220 pages and can be downloaded and accessed in PDF form at the link below.  A simple perusal of the table of contents shows the wealth of information and prayers available through this book.  Some particular entries include Preparations for Mass and Communion, Devotions for Before and After Holy Communion, and Acts of Devotions to the Blessed Sacrament, among many other devotions related to the Blessed Sacrament.
http://www.saintsbooks.net/books/Fr.%20F.X.%20Lasance%20-%20Blessed%20Sacrament%20Book.pdf

St Alphonsus de Liguori, that great doctor of the Church, wrote extensively, and one of those topics that he wrote on was the Blessed Sacrament, and these writings were compiled and edited by Fr Eugene Grimm in a work entitled “The Holy Eucharist, the Sacrifice, the Sacrament, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.  Practice of love of Jesus Christ.  Novena to the Holy Ghost.”  This work includes writings and reflections on topics such as Loving Aspirations to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, that the sacrifices of the Old Law (and not pagan ‘sacrifices’!) were figures of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, meditations on the Blessed Sacrament (in particular for the Octave of Corpus Christi), along with meditations and writings on the practice of the love of Jesus Christ.  This book can be found here – http://www.saintsbooks.net/books/St.%20Alphonsus%20Maria%20de%20Liguori%20-%20Complete%20Works%20-%206%20-%20The%20Holy%20Eucharist.pdf

Fr Faber, a prominent Catholic author in the late 1800s/early 1900s, also wrote about the Blessed Sacrament in his book “The Blessed Sacrament”.  You can find theological teaching and devotions to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at this link –  http://www.catholictradition.org/Eucharist/blessed-sacrament2.htm

And last, but certainly not least, are these two writings from that great saint, St Peter Julian Eymard.  St Peter was a French priest who founded two religious institutes, the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament (a contemplative congregation for women), and he was recognized as the “Apostle of the Eucharist” by John Paul II in 1995.  The first link, as is written in the foreword, is a collection of sermons that deal almost exclusively with the wonders operated by our Lord’s love in the Eucharist. From every page, Saint Peter Julian, the “Priest of the Eucharist,” sends a ringing plea to all men to love our Eucharistic Lord as He deserves and to take Him as both the model and the means of their holiness. Pondering over these chapters cannot but make us know better and love more the Eucharistic Christ. And with a more practical understanding of this supereminent means of grace, the problem of salvation should be easier to solve.  http://www.catholictradition.org/Eucharist/real-presence.htm
The second link is a booklet providing suggestions on how to live a Eucharistic life, following the practices and rules recommended by St Peter Eymard.  https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=3753

I hope the above mentioned resources prove useful to you and edify you.

St. Peter Julian Eymard, pray for us!
St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

Belief in the Eucharist is a treasure we must seek by submissiveness, preserve by piety, and defend at any cost. Not to believe in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest of misfortunes. — Saint Peter Julian Eymard

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