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by Terrie Evans
This Sunday we honor the Feast of Corpus Christi also known as the Solemnity of the Corpus Christi to celebrate the elements of the Eucharist. St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church proposed the feast to Pope Urban IV in 1264. St. Thomas created the feast to focus on the joy of the Eucharist being the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ which was soon extended to the whole Roman Catholic Church. Traditionally there are processions held of the Blessed sacrament displayed in a Monstrance followed by the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Every year in Rome, the Pope presides over the Eucharistic Procession that begins at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and then proceeds to Saint Mary Major where it concludes with the Benediction.
On this weekend we also celebrate the feast of St. Anthony of Padua (June 13th) with the tradition of blessing of St. Anthony Bread. Known as St. Anthony the Wonder Worker, many turn to him for their prayer requests as he is known as the Patron Saint of lost items. He was known as a great Franciscan preacher, instructor and Doctor of the Church. He became well known throughout Italy and France as the Hammer of Heretics for his sermons defending the Catholic Church and helping to strengthen people in their faith. He was canonized a year after his death by Pope Gregory IX in 1232. St. Anthony reminds all of us that we should never lose our faith and to forget the saving power of God’s love and grace especially in these difficult times. All proceeds from the bread and ribbon will be given to the good works of the Franciscan Order.
June 14th is also Flag Day to commemorate the adoption of the Flag of the United States by the resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777 which is also the 245th birthday of the United States Army (June 14, 1775). The week of June 14-June 20, 2020, is designated as “National Flag Week”, President Trump will issue a proclamation to observe the day as the anniversary of the adoption by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the Unites States of America. Many towns will hold parades and events in celebration of all that Americas national flag represents. Our flag will be displayed in all government buildings with the National Flag Day Foundation holding a special program with a ceremonial flag raising, reciting the Pledge of Alliance and singing of the National Anthem.