Greetings in Christ!
The Feast of the Sacred Body and Precious Blood of Christ, or as its more commonly called “Corpus Christi” is a perfect opportunity to talk about how we should conduct ourselves in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
1Genuflection: When we walk into the Church, we genuflect toward the Tabernacle. When you go to genuflect, pause and do it slowly.
2Language: it’s not the “bread and wine” once the consecration happens: it’s the Body and Blood of Christ.
3Our body posture: make sure we try our best to show reverence and intentionality when we are ministering the Eucharist or receiving it.
4We do not take the host out of the priest’s hands, we receive. That’s why when we receive, we do it one of two ways:
- If we receive on the hands, we make a throne with our hands: right hand under and left hand on top (if we are right handed).
- If we receive on the tongue, we make sure that we do so in a way that makes it easy to receive: chin up, tongue extended.
5Whatever way we receive, we want to be sure that we give a loud and clear “Amen” to the statement “The Body (or Blood) of Christ”.
6We show proper reverence and reflection when we process forward to receive Him. The communion line is not an appropriate time to socialize with those we walk by: we focus on Jesus in the Eucharist.
7We avoid chewing gum during Mass and make sure that, if we are distributing The Eucharist, we act with great love and reverence.
8We help those who come to Church but are not Catholic. We do so by explaining beforehand what the Eucharist is and why we ask those who are not Catholic to not receive it.
St. Paul tells us that “Whoever eats the flesh without considering it eats and drinks their condemnation”. It’s that important! May our love and reverence for the Eucharist translate into a deep love and reverence for each other!
God bless you!