Newsletter -The Body and Blood of Christ – 11th June 2023

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Our First Reading today is from Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14b-16a: Moses tells the people to remember how God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 147: Praise God, Jerusalem! The week’s Second Reading is taken from 1 Corinthians 10:16-17: Though many, we are one body when we partake of the Body and Blood of Christ. This Sunday’s Gospel Reading is John 6:51-58: Jesus says, “I am the living bread.”

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, often known as Corpus Christi, which is Latin for “Body of Christ.” Over the last 3 days, we have had a 40-hour Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our Church. What a beautiful sight to behold, that since Friday night, parishioners, with a deep love and devotion for the Eucharistic presence of our Lord have prayed and kept watch, night and day, interceding for our parish community and for the whole world, and contemplating the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

This 40-Hours was to foster in our parish, ever greater devotion for the
Eucharist. To continue in the same momentum, we would like to introduce the
following aspects of Eucharistic devotion here at St Antony’s.

=> From tomorrow, Monday June 11th there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every morning from right after 7:45am Mass until just before 10am mass at 9:45am.
=> Every Thursday (just one day a week for the moment) parishioners will be able to receive Communion under both kinds (by intinction) at the 10am mass on Thursday mornings.
=> From Monday 3rd of July, at weekday masses for a trial period of 2 months, parishioners will be invited to receive Communion at the altar rail at the foot of the sanctuary. Those coming up to receive Communion will have the option of receiving either kneeling or standing and either on the tongue or in the hand.

Our prayer is that love and devotion for the Eucharist may continue to increase
and bring the consoling presence of our Lord more powerfully into the lives and
hearts of all our parish community.

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