Clergy Notes — Corpus et Sanguis Christi, Sunday June 19 2022

The Feast of Corpus Christi is a wonderful opportunity for Anglicans — and all those who consider themselves sacramental people — to reflect on the awesome mystery of the gift Christ gives to us in the pouring out of his body and blood.


One of the ways we may do this is through Benediction/Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament — an opportunity to spend time quietly in the physical presence of Christ.


As many of us discovered quite keenly when we couldnt meet in person for so long during the pandemic, physical presence is powerful. And so it is with Adoration: we can talk to Jesus anytime, of course, but there is something extra special about spending time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. As with our human relationships, our bond with Christ is not only deepened through prayer and petition but also by simply spending time adoring our beloved Friend, Creator, Lover . . . not because of any gifts or benefits we receive, but because we cannot help but do so.


But what if we cannot get to church to be in the physical presence of the Blessed Sacrament? I think, similar to how we make a spiritual communion during our Liturgy at Home on Sundays, we can — through our heartfelt intention — make a time of devotion to the body and blood of Christ by spending time in quiet contemplation, directing our focus towards the tabernacle where Jesus resides. This can either be a literal, physical tabernacle, or one we imagine in the depths of our hearts.


So we may find that the God we earnestly seek with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our hearts is already seeking us, and that we may meet in spirit and in truth, through the power of the Holy Spirit — another mystery, yet one so beautiful it is worth taking time to savour, to marvel at, and to enjoy.


Mother Amanda

Download service booklet here: Liturgy at Home Corpus Christi June 19 2022