Feast of Corpus Christi

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Introductory words of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin

Holy Cross College Clonliffe, 19th June 2014


“The Gospel we have just heard reminds us of the extraordinary generosity and care of Jesus.   He has pity on those who come to hear his words and no obstacle can prevent him from nourishing the hunger of the great crowd. Indeed we are told that when all have been nourished twelve baskets remain, over and above what was needed.

Jesus’ care and generosity is never limited by our human calculations and doubts.  Jesus cares for each of us; he looks after us in a way which goes way beyond what we deserve or might expect.  

We come this evening to celebrate the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. 

  • We worship his presence as the bread of life which nourishes us;
  • we worship his presence as the sacrifice which alone brings us redemption and salvation;
  • we worship his presence as the sign of what achieves among us as we await in faith his coming again.

We thank God for the gift of the Eucharist and we place ourselves in his presence bringing with us our intentions and anxieties and those of each one here among us. 

We thank the Lord for the gift of the Eucharist and for the gift of priests, who celebrate the Eucharist for us and whose lives became identified with the Jesus of the Eucharist.  We pray for our priests and we pray for vocations to the priesthood.

We entrust the lives of our parishes and communities to the Jesus of the Eucharist.  We welcome among us those who have recently made their first Holy Communion.  We remember those who are sick or are troubled.  We commit ourselves to a Christ-like generosity for those who are in need.

We place our trust in Jesus and ask him to remove from us the obstacles that we place in allowing his life to change our lives.   We place our trust in Jesus as we praise and worship him and adore him.

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine.”