Today we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ - we give thanks for the gift of the Holy Eucharist in our lives. In a special way we rejoice that ewe are able to gather once again in greater numbers for the celebration of Mass.
The Bishops of England and Wales have invited Catholics to take up again the practice of honouring the Lord's Day by their participation in the celebration of Mass with their local parish communities.
Recognising that some people are unable to come and the limitations because of social distancing and capacity of churches, the Bishops encourage us once again to move forward in our physical and active participation in the celebration of Mass. They write: "It is the Eucharist, the celebration of the Mass, that makes the Church; and it is the Church, in the gift of the Holy Spirit, which makes the Eucharist. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the lifeblood of the Church. It requires our active participation and, to be fully celebrated, our physical presence."
It is great to see many people returning to Sunday Mass at this time. Your presence is truly welcome and encouraged.At this moment we pray for a renewal in the faith in the Blessed Eucharist and the celebration of the Mass in our parish community.
We thank you Lord Jesus, for the gift of yourself in the Mass. Help us always to reverence the mysteries of your Body and Blood and to know the fullness of life that you give us as the living bread come down from heaven. You have sustained us in these difficult times, renew us now by your life giving presence in the Holy Eucharist. May our active participation in the Mass nourish our faith and strengthen us in our service. Amen.