This week we reflect on the great gift of Jesus’ Body and Blood. It is another feast where we use a sequence, a liturgical poem, to help us unpack the beauty and truth of the feast. Here is a section from the Corpus Christi Sequence:
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 willling,
Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling
Manna to the fathers sent.
Very Bread, good shepherd, tend us,
Jesus, of your love befriend us,
You refresh us, you defend us,
Your eternal goodness send 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 heav’nly feast you show,
Fellow heirs and guests to be.
The purpose of a sequence is to connect many of the biblical images around a theme so that the mystery of the Body and Blood of Jesus can be appreciated from many angles. Like most poetry, reading out loud and slowly can help unpack the meaning. The rest of the sequence can be found online.
Parish Pastoral Leader