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Suggested Songs for June 2, 2013 Mass (Corpus Christi Sunday)

June 2, 2013
Solemnity of Corpus Christi (Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) Year C
Liturgical Color : White

“Proclaim the Lord’s Death until He Comes”

1.   Daygon ta ang Ginoo
2.   Saulogon ta Karon
3.   Diha sa Halaran
4.   Sa Hapag ng Panginoon (Morano & Francisco) 
5.   Sa Piging na Handog (Carlos, Villaroman) 
6.   Sa Piging ng Panginoon (Tabuena, Hontivers) 
7.   City of God (Schutte)
8.   Water of Life (Haas) 

First Reading                   GN 14:18-20
In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine,
and being a priest of God Most High,
he blessed Abram with these words:
"Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
the creator of heaven and earth;
and blessed be God Most High,
who delivered your foes into your hand."
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Responsorial Psalm        PS 110:1, 2, 3, 4
R. (4b) You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
till I make your enemies your footstool."
You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion:
"Rule in the midst of your enemies."
You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
"Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor;
before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you."
You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:
"You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek."
You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

Second Reading          1 COR 11:23-26
Brothers and sisters:
I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,
that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,
took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
"This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Gospel                  LK 9:11B-17
Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God,
and he healed those who needed to be cured.
As the day was drawing to a close,
the Twelve approached him and said,
"Dismiss the crowd
so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms
and find lodging and provisions;
for we are in a deserted place here."
He said to them, "Give them some food yourselves."
They replied, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have,
unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people."
Now the men there numbered about five thousand.
Then he said to his disciples,
"Have them sit down in groups of about fifty."
They did so and made them all sit down.
Then taking the five loaves and the two fish,
and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing over them, broke them,
and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
They all ate and were satisfied.
And when the leftover fragments were picked up,
they filled twelve wicker baskets.

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In his own words, St. Paul commanded the Corinthians to "Proclaim the Lord's death until He comes." [1 Cor. 11:26] These words were not a fabrication of St. Paul's mind. They were rephrased words that Jesus commanded to His followers during the Last Supper when He said, "Do this in remembrance of me." [Lk. 22:19]

Today, we are celebrating the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. This special Feast is celebrated in remembrance of Jesus who gave His life for our salvation. It is a Feast in remembrance of Jesus' command to us to celebrate the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

During His ministry on earth, Jesus said, "I am the living bread that came down from Heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." [Jn. 6:51] While these words were not understood at the time when Jesus preached them to the multitude, they were spoken in preparation for the sacrifice of His Body and Blood that He was about to offer for the sins of the world.

When the night of the Last Supper arrived, Jesus taught His followers the manner in which the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist should be celebrated. Over and above this, Jesus revealed that He would be physically present in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

Before continuing, I would like to read to you the definition of the Holy Eucharist that is found in the Catholic Dictionary. This reading will spiritually enrich your minds in the knowledge and understanding of the mystery of the Holy Eucharist.
"Eucharist (Gr., eucharistia, thanksgiving), the Sacrament and sacrifice of the New Law in which Christ the Lord is Himself present, offered, and received under the species of bread and wine. The name is from the account of the last Supper."

"The Catholic Church teaches that in the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of the God-man are really, truly, substantially, and abidingly present together with His Soul and Divinity for the nourishment of souls, by reason of the Transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, which takes place in the unbloody sacrifice of the New Testament, i.e., the Mass."

"Transubstantiation is the word that was officially approved by the Council of Trent as aptly expressing the marvellous and singular changing of the entire substance of bread into the entire substance of Body of Christ, and of the entire substance of the wine into His Blood."

"This Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist is proved from the literal interpretation of the promise of Christ to give his Body and Blood, as found in St. John's Gospel, Chapter 6, and from the four independent account of the fulfilment of the promise at the last Supper (Mt. 26; Mk. 14; Lk. 22; 1 Cor. 11). From the same accounts it follows that Christ is present by Transubstantiation, namely the entire substance of bread and wine is changed into the Body and Blood of Christ, the accidents only of bread and wine remaining."

"With the single exception of Berengarius of Tours (in 1088 A.D.), none denied this doctrine until the 16 th century, when the reformers put forth various errors of a mere figurative or virtual presence, as also of the manner of Christ's presence. They were all condemned in the Council of Trent."

"The accidents of bread and wine are therefore without their proper substance, yet are real and not mere subjective impressions. The mode of Christ's presence is spirit-like, somewhat as the soul in the body. Jesus is whole and entire in the whole Host and whole and entire in every part thereof. At one and the same time He exists in heaven and in many different places on earth."

"From the Real Presence it follows that He is to be adored. It is evident that the Eucharist is a Sacrament, for it is a visible sign of invisible grace instituted by Christ. Its principal effect is the union of the soul with Christ by love, and spiritual nourishment by increasing sanctifying grace. It produces also a certain spiritual delight, blots out venial sin, and preserves from mortal sin by exciting to charity, and as Christ explicitly promised is the pledge of a glorious resurrection and eternal happiness." (Source: "The New Catholic Dictionary", Copyright 1929.)

My brothers and sisters in Christ, keeping in mind all the undeserved graces that we receive through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, with this Sacrament also comes responsibilities.

Our first responsibility is the manner in which we receive the Body and Body of Christ. Prior to approaching the Altar of the Lord Jesus to hold His Body and Blood in our hands, we must be in a state of grace. Those who neglect the Sacrament of Confession and receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist while in a state of mortal sin, they greatly offend the Lord Jesus. On this subject, St. Paul tells us,
"Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves." [1 Cor. 11:27-9]

In other words, it is not acceptable to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion when one lives in mortal sins and has no intention of changing his or her lifestyle. Those who live common-law, they are not in a state of grace and do not qualify to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The same applies to those who live in adultery, the prostitutes, practising homosexuals, those who are participating in abortions, and those who freely commit other mortals sins as if they are on holidays.

Our second responsibility is to defend our Catholic Faith. What I mean is that it is a sin against the Body and Blood of Christ and against our Faith when a Catholic receives Communion in another religion or when a Catholic invites a non- Catholic to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in the Catholic Church. According to the Canon Law of the Catholic Church, a Catholic can only receive communion from a properly ordained Catholic priest. It is a sin against the Body and Blood of Christ because other religions do not accept the truth that Jesus is present in Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist. To partake in the communion of a religion that does not accept as truth that Christ is present in the Holy Eucharist is to deny the Divine Presence of Jesus in this Sacrament.

Jesus died for our sins so we may obtain our salvation in His Most Holy Name. He gave us the means to obtain life in Him through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. As such, we are obligated by our Faith to show the utmost reverence towards this precious Sacrament of life.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, this week, let us reflect on our actions. Are we all showing the utmost reverence to the Body and Blood of Christ? If some of us have fallen short of doing so, may this week be a time to repent of the sinful way through the grace of God. And may it be a time to once more obtain the righteousness of God through the Body and Blood of Christ so we may proclaim His death until He comes.

1.   Ania ang Among Gasa
2.   Daygon Ikaw Ginoong Dios
3.   Ania’ang Among Halad
4.   Ning Adlaw sa Kalipay
5.   Kapuri-puri Ka (Que) 
6.   Isang Pagkain, Isang Katawan, Isang Bayan (San Pedro) 
7.   Pag-aalay (Francisco)
8.   Unang Alay (Magnaye)
9.   Paghahandog ng Sarili
10. Earthen Vessels (Foley)
11. One Bread, One Body (Foley)
12. Take our Bread (Wise)
13. To be Your Bread (Haas)

1.   Kini Maong Akong Lawas
2.   Kinabuhi Mo, Kinabuhi Ko
3.   Tinapay ng Buhay
4.   Awit sa Mahal na Puso (Isidro, Que)
5.   Ito ang Aking Katawan (Isidro & Ramirez)
6.   Nang Buo Kong Buhay (Alejo, Hotiveros)
7.   Tanggapin Ninyo (Que) 
8.   Paring Pilipino
9.   Anima Christi (Arboleda) 
10. Empty Space (Go, Francisco) 
11. The Presence of Jesus (Haas)

1.   Ang Tawag
2.   Ang Atong Tulubagon
3.   Kinsa
4.   Tanda ng Kaharian
5.   I am the Bread of Life (Toolan) Stanza 3 ang priority.

6.   No Mas Amor Que El Tuyo (Resurrection)

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