July 3 & 4,
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The month of July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. When we think of this vital substance that moves throughout our bodies we know that our blood needs to be healthy so as to be life-giving. How much more so is the Blood of Our Lord life-giving to each one of us. In the mystery of the Holy Eucharist and our worthy reception we receive both the Body and Blood of Christ. In the Eucharistic Bread we receive the fullness of Christ’s Body, Blood , Soul, and Divinity. The Most Holy Eucharist must be received with the greatest reverence and a person well disposed to approach Him. That means we may not receive the Lord if we are in the state of grave (mortal) sin. To receive the Lord in such a state is a sacrilege which imperils a person’s immortal soul. A good Confession, with the intention to not return to a sinful state, is the remedy necessary before approaching our Lord in the Eucharist.
As many people are now returning to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass it is helpful to renew our appreciation of the Lord’s Presence. Though the live-streaming during the pandemic has been very consoling to many it can not take the place of being with the Lord. AS we long for His Presence He surely longs for ours. Reverent silence before and after Mass puts us in proper focus as we center our lives on Christ. We listen to His Word with intensity and prepare our hearts to join with His in our receiving His precious Body and Blood. We recall the importance of how we come forward to receive the Lord. We bow our heads before our communion, respond with an Amen after the: “Body of Christ” and if receiving in the hand the communicant is to make a throne with their hands held before their heart, make one step to the right or left, immediately consume the Sacred Host and return to one’s pew. Never should the communicant walk away with The Blessed Sacrament. If the communicant receives kneeling and on the tongue do so reverently.
In the month of July we commemorate two great feasts with Novenas. First is the Feast of our Lady of Mt Carmel on the 16th. Novena prayers will be prayed following Mass starting on the 7th.
The second is the feast of St. Ann and Joachim, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the 26th. Novena prayers will begin on the 17th also following Mass.
A Happy Fourth of July. Let us give thanks to the Lord for the freedom we enjoy and those brave and selfless souls, past and present, who make it possible.