“Sing My Tongue, the Savior’s Glory”
“I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
Then many of his disciples who were listening said,
“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
— John 6:48–60
- Read Vatican Radio’s full text of Pope Francis’ June 4 homily for the feast of Corpus Domini
- Read Catechism of the Catholic Church teaching on the Eucharist in paragraphs 1322–1419
- Read Pope Saint John Paul II’s encyclical on the Eucharist and the Church (2003)
- Read Church Fathers’ writings about the Eucharist
- Listen Pange Lingua; see Latin and English side by side
- Learn the ICC and Our Lady of Hope Church host Rev. Paul Scalia, who will discuss Saint Thomas Aquinas’ hymn “Pange Lingua,” the origins of the Feast of Corpus Christi, and what Catholics believe (The event will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. EST tonight; a recording will be posted on the ICC’s web site afterward.)
In the Eucharist we have Jesus, we have his redemptive sacrifice, we have his resurrection, we have the gift of the Holy Spirit, we have adoration, obedience and love of the Father. Were we to disregard the Eucharist, how could we overcome our own deficiency?
—Pope Saint John Paul II, Ecclesia Eucharistia (2003)
Gospel accounts of the Last Supper
Note: The Feast of Corpus Christi should have been celebrated last Thursday, but in the United States, we move around the dates of the feasts (usually moving them to the following Sunday).