VATICAN.VA RELEASE: Dear brothers and sisters!
Today, in Italy and in many other countries, they celebrate Corpus Christi, i.e. the solemn Feast of the body and blood of the Lord, the Eucharist. It's always tradition alive, in this day, keep the solemn processions with the Blessed Sacrament, in the streets and squares. In Rome this procession was already held at the diocesan level last Thursday, the precise day of this occurrence, which annually renews in Christians the joy and gratitude for the Eucharistic presence of Jesus among us.
The feast of Corpus Christi is a great act of public worship of the Eucharist, the sacrament in which the Lord remains present even beyond the time of celebration, to be always with us along the passing of hours and days. San Giustino, which already has left us one of the oldest on the Eucharistic liturgy States that, after the distribution of Holy Communion to those present, showbread was brought by the deacons to absent (see Apology, 1, 65). Therefore in the churches the sacred place is precisely that which keeps the Eucharist. I can't not think about it with emotion to the many churches which were severely damaged by the recent earthquake in Emilia Romagna, the fact that the Eucharistic Body of Christ in the Tabernacle, in some cases remained under the rubble. Please fondly for communities, with their priests should gather for mass outdoors or in large tents; the thank you for their testimony and how they are doing on behalf of the entire population. It is a situation that does stand out even more the importance of being United in the name of the Lord, and the strength that comes from the Eucharistic bread, also called «pilgrims» bread. By sharing this Bread was born and renews the ability to share life and property, bring the weights for each other, to be hospitable and welcoming.
The solemnity of the body and blood of the Lord brings us the value of Eucharistic adoration. The servant of God Paul VI recalled that the Catholic Church professes the worship of the Eucharist not only during mass, but also out of his celebration, keeping with the utmost diligence the consecrated hosts, presenting them to the solemn veneration of the faithful Christians, and brought in procession with gaudio Christian crowd "(Enc. Mysterium fidei, 57). The prayer of adoration you can accomplish both personally, stopping in meditation before the Tabernacle, community, both also with Psalms and songs, but always focusing on silent, which hear inwardly the Lord living and present in the sacrament. The Virgin Mary is also teacher of this prayer, because no more and better than you have been contemplating Jesus with eyes of faith and welcome in the cozy resonances of his human and divine presence. To his intercession spread and grow in every ecclesial community an authentic and profound faith in the Eucharistic mystery.