Consecration at Solemn High Mass
The Dedication of the Church Building of Mater Misericordiae Mission - December 21, 2010
“The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the Sacrifice dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the Altar. If you wish to hear Mass as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart and mouth all that happens at the Altar. Further, you must pray with the Priest the holy words said by him in the Name of Christ and which Christ says by him. You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens on the Altar. When acting in this way you have prayed Holy Mass.”
“Don’t pray at Holy Mass, but pray the Holy Mass.” – His Holiness, Pope Saint Pius X.
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Thursday, May 30 is the Feast of Corpus Christ. Although we celebrate the institution of the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday, that is also the day on which the Sacred Triduum begins, and so our thoughts are directed primarily toward Our Lord’s Passion, which commences that evening. Therefore, the Church, in her wisdom, provided for us a day that is devoted entirely to giving honor and praise to Our Lord Jesus Christ as He is present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Let us, therefore, prepare ourselves for this great feast day by making a greater effort to banish distractions from our minds, and renew our fervor towards Our Lord each time we approach Him in Holy Communion.
On June 2, the Sunday following the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father has requested an international Holy Hour to be done in every parish of every diocese. This Holy Hour will occur at 8:00am Phoenix time, and so we will have it here at Mater Misericordiae Mission the hour before the 9:00am Mass. We will begin with Exposition at 8:00 and have Benediction at about 8:50. We will also celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi on this Sunday and so will have the Procession with the Blessed Sacrament for Corpus Christi that day after the 11:00am High Mass.
Fr. Faber’s Commentary on the Feast of Corpus Christi
“Jesus veiled, in His own great mystery of love, offered by our priests, dwelling on our altars, feeding our souls,—this is the sacred and venerable truth which we are now about to consider. The wisdom of the Cherubim cannot fathom the depths of this adorable Sacrament, neither can the burning love of the Seraphim adequately praise the inventions of compassion which are contained therein. Nevertheless it is our duty as well as our privilege to look into this mystery. It is our daily Sacrifice, and our perpetual Food, and our constant adoration: and the more we know of it the greater will be our love of that most dear Lord whose veiled Presence we possess therein.” Read More…