And as they were eating Jesus took some bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave to them. ‘Take it,’ he said ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them, and all drank from it, and he said to them, ‘This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many.’ (Mark 14:22-24)
The Feast of Corpus Christi, also known as the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, celebrates the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Last Supper.
Blessed Sacrament Church celebrated this feast day with a procession at the end of its Sunset Mass, as it also marked the feast day of the church.
The Most Reverend Archbishop Simon Poh, in his homily, shared how an incident with the Eucharist was partly instrumental in his decision to enter the priesthood.
While serving as an altar boy, he once tried to retrieve a host that a priest had unknowingly dropped earlier. He experienced a shocking sensation when his fingers touched the Eucharist. His world stood still and he felt the strong presence of Christ and knew there and then, that God was real!
Members of the various ministries and lay organisations of BSC led the congregation in the Corpus Christi procession, carrying lighted candles and singing hymns.
The parade of the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance, around the Church compound, symbolised the proclamation of Christ’s body in the Sacrament, to the people on the streets.
The procession converged back at the entrance to the Church. After prayers, and a Gospel reading by Fr. Felix Au, the feast day ended with adoration and benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Photos by: Dominic Bong