“Corpus Christi (Body and Blood of Christ) is a Eucharistic solemnity, or better, the solemn commemoration of the institution of that sacrament. It is, moreover, the Church’s official act of homage and gratitude to Christ, who by instituting the Holy Eucharist gave to the Church her greatest treasure.” Catholic Culture, Liturgical Year, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
I thought it was beautiful and symbolic to have the red ribbon from our Sacred Heart Craft (symbolic of the graces and the Precious Blood flowing from the Sacred Heart of Jesus) flowing out and dropping into the Chalice as well as the Paten. The red silk symbolizes His Graces, made available to us so generously in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, going out into the Church, the Body of Christ, working in our lives as we cooperate with them.
On the other side of our Feast Table I have set up very simply Father Oak and the children have vested him in his green vestments. We are entering the The Green Meadow of the Church Year – Ordinary Time.
“The second half of the Church Year is referred to in Austria as “The Green Meadow,” because of the green color of the vestments on Sundays after Pentecost, whereas, until then, they had been violet, red, or white. If the festive character of the first part of the year is comparable to the mountain chains of the Alps or Andes, the single feasts in the months after Pentecost are like isolated peaks towering above the green meadow.”Around the Year with the Trapp Family, Maria Augusta Trapp, 1955, Pantheon Books
Isn’t that a lovely way to characterize ordinary time? We have some peaks to add to to our feast table on the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart, the Vigil and Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and the Solemnity of St. Peter and Paul. But, I thought I’d give you a glimpse of it just as it is today.
Hope you enjoyed a peek at our June table, and I pray that this month, so full of liturgical rejoicing and feasting, is blessing each of your families as it is mine!