One of the unique features of every parish community is to have a “Patronal Feast Day.” Thus, to use a single example, on March 17 in every parish that is named after Saint Patrick it would be there Patronal Feast. For us at Blessed Sacrament Parish, our major celebrations of this saving mystery are celebrated on Holy Thursday and on this Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Christ. Because they are dependent upon the moveable feast of Easter, they fall on a different day each year. Our “Patronal Feast” is a moveable feast! While this might present some problems for “party planners,” it also serves to remind us in this special community about the nature and origins of our feast
The Exodus reading recalls the flight from slavery to freedom. The Passover is the perpetual remembrance that celebrates deliverance. The Eucharist was instituted at a Passover Meal. In this, we journey in Christ Jesus from death to eternal life. The Eucharist is the Christian Passover Meal. We can never forget, however, that we are a people in flight who are never to become stagnated in our ministry or purpose! As we sing the Sequence for this special feast day, so uniquely our own in this parish of the Blessed Sacrament, we echo the words of Thomas Aquinas as we praise the Paschal Lamb, the Lord Jesus:
Laud O Zion, your salvation, Laud with hymns of exaltation, Christ your king and shepherd true:
Lo, the angel’s food is given to the pilgrim who has striven, See the children’s bread from heaven which on dogs may not be spent:
Truth the ancient types fulfilling, Isaac bound, a victim willing, Paschal Lamb, its lifeblood spilling, manna to the fathers went.
Very bread, good shepherd tend us, you refresh us, you defend us, your eternal goodness sends us in the land of life to see.
You who all things can and know, who on earth such food bestow, Grant us with your saints where the heavenly feast you show, fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen.
Time and talent cards are placed in the pews this weekend asking that we might invest more fully in the ministries of the Church. Please consider signing up for one of the Liturgical Ministries of the Church.
Monday (tomorrow) is Memorial Day. While often this day has been reduced to simply begin the summer, it is rather THE special day set aside to remember the ultimate sacrifice that was made by our war dead. We thank the families of those who lost their lives, in the multitude of armed conflicts that have touched the lives of our nation, particularly in the past several generations. Please join us for Mass Monday morning at 8:30 as we celebrate Memorial Day.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!