Corpus Christi Mass, devotions set for Thursday at Benedict St. Francis de Sales

A Solemn High Mass and eucharistic devotions will be celebrated this Thursday, May 31, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland.

Eucharistic Adoration will begin at 9:00 am Thursday morning and continue throughout the day, including a Holy Hour of Reparation at noon. A Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at 6:00 pm, followed at 7:15 pm with a Eucharistic procession through the town of Benedict and concluding with Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 8:00 pm.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located at 7185 Benedict Avenue in Benedict, Maryland, about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.

St. Thomas Apostle, home of Sunday EF Vespers, to offer Missa Cantata for Corpus Christi

A Sung Mass will be offered for the Feast of Corpus Christi at 7:00 am this Thursday morning, May 26, at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church. While Corpus Christi is not a holy day of obligation in the United States, it is still observed on its traditional date in the Extraordinary Form.

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Every Sunday at 4:00 pm, the office of Vespers is celebrated at St. Thomas Apostle by the Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri according to the 1961 Roman Breviary. The service, sung entirely in Gregorian chant, is one of the few weekly public celebrations of the traditional Office on the Eastern Seaboard. Everyone interested in participating is encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park, one block up from the Woodley Road Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue.

Corpus Christi weekend TLM events set at Benedict St. Francis de Sales

Three special Traditional Latin Mass events will be held this coming weekend at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland:

  • On Friday evening, June 5, at 7:00 pm, there will be a Traditional Mass for the First Friday in June, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. After Mass and Adoration, there will be light refreshments in the rectory.
  • On Saturday morning, June 6, at 8:00 am, there will be a Traditional Latin Mass followed by light refreshments.
  • The regular Sunday morning TLM at 11:00 am on June 7 will be a Missa Cantata. Sunday’s 9:00 am Ordinary Form Mass will be followed by a Eucharistic procession in honor of the external solemnity of Corpus Christi.

These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.

Corpus Christi High Mass, procession set at Washington Old St. Mary’s

A sung High Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi will be celebrated at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Washington’s St. Mary Mother of God Church.

The Mass, which has been added to our seven-day schedule, will be followed by a Eucharistic procession. Readers are reminded that the feast day also coincides with the monthly first-Thursday worldwide Eucharistic novena for the 2015 Synod on the Family.

St. Mary Mother of God Church is located at 727 Fifth Street NW in Chinatown.

Where do I want to eat?

From an unofficial translation of the homily of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, at the square of the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Corpus Christi 2014:

If we look around us, we realize that there are so many food offerings that are not from the Lord and that apparently meet more. Some are fed with money, others with success and vanity, others with power and pride. But the food that nourishes us and that really satisfies us is only what the Lord gives us! The food that the Lord offers us is different, and maybe it does not seem as tasty as some food that gives us the world. So we dream of other meals, like the Jews in the desert, who regretted the meat and onions they ate in Egypt, but they forgot that those meals they ate at the table of slavery. They, in those moments of temptation, they had memory, but a memory sick, a selective memory. A memory of a slave, not of being free.

Each of us, today, it may be asked, and I? Where do I want to eat? At which table do I want to fed? The Lord’s table? Or dream of eating tasty food, but in slavery? In addition, each of us can ask ourselves: what is my memory? That the Lord save me, or that garlic and onions of slavery? With what memory I satiated my soul?

The Father tells us: “I have fed you with manna which you did not know.” We recover the memory. This is the task, retrieve the memory. And we learn to recognize the fake bread which deceives and corrupts, because the result of selfishness, self and sin.