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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 entary -- body and blood of Jesus: Sacrifice, meal, adoration itary for June body and blood of Mark 4:12-16, 22-26 !this final Sunday before the uraes the "ordinary" Sun- the body which we share original empha- was on the body of Was reserved or kept in ernacle. Thus called "Corpus Christi" Before the there was no thousand years of the Church's L was viewed more as an action in the taberna- was on Jesus as sacrifice and sac- the ancient Israelites, Christians sacrifice by eating of the sacrificial Jesus as sacrificial food did ce of Jesus in fragments of that remained after celebra- This as least seems to be fact that Christians took fragments to the sick and dying as is, food for the journey. Not only viaticum to the sick and dying but ', both women and men. Beyond this seem to have been any special ,yen to the Eucharist in reservation, i.e. or container of some kind. .entury an archdeacon named who later died at peace with the it there was any change in the bread after the words, "This is my body," were spoken over it. What was bread before, he taught, remained bread afterwards. At most, he said, the consecrated bread was a symbol or sign of the body of Christ. For Berengarius there was no "real presence" of Jesus under the outward form or appearance of bread and wine. Church officials reacted strongly to Berengarius' teachings. They were condemned in a council held at Rome in the year 1050. By the twelfth century a new movement developed to honor Jesus in the reserved sacrament, i.e. in the frag- ments of bread reserved or kept in a tabernacle. The emphasis was now on adoration of the sacra- ment apart from the Mass. A contributing factor was the declining participation in communion by the laity. In popular practice the Mass had become a sacrificial action to attend rather than one in which those present actively participated by shar- ing in the sacrifice. Looking at the consecrated bread at its elevation during the eucharistic sacri- fice became a substitute for communion. The atmosphere was now conducive to a feast in honor of the Eucharist as remaining or as "real presence." A saintly woman, Juliana of Liege, Bel- gium, claimed to have a vision in 1209 of a splendid full moon with one dark corner. The vision was repeated many times. Somehow she concluded that the dark spot represented the absence of a feast in honor of the Real Presence or Blessed Sacrament. In 1246 the bishop of Liege established such a feast for his diocese. Some years later an official of the Church of Liege became Pope Urban IV. In response to a claimed miracle in which a priest celebrating the Eucharist had seen blood coming from the con- secrated bread, Pope Urban IV extended the "Feast of the Eucharist," as it was then called, to he uni- versal Church in 1264. He commissioned Thomas Aquinas to compose a liturgy for this feast. Although the papal decree was at first resisted and ignored, by the first part of the fourteenth century this feast was popularly acclaimedand celebrated with great pomp and splendor. Today the pendulum seems to be swinging back to pre-eleventh century practice with regard to the presence of Jesus in the sacrament. The emphasis and the central position of the tabernacle has been replaced by the centrality of the altar. The empha- sis on adoration of the Eucharist reserved in the tabernacle has been replaced by a great effort to bring about heightened participation of the people in the Eucharist as sacrifice and sacrificial meal, Some are pleased by this change of emphasis, while others are offended by what they consider neglect of the Blessed Sacrament in reservation. What appeals to some may not appeal to others. We are a great Church which has room for both approaches to the Eucharist. While we gratefully accept active participation by the people in the Eucharist as sac- rifice and sacrificial meal, let us not forget to pro- vide place and an atmosphere in our churches for quiet prayer and adoration of the Eucharist as "Blessed Sacrament" in reservation. Matthew 13:52 tells us that those "trained for the kingdom of heav- en bring out of their treasure both what is new and what is old." Readings for Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus, Cycle B: Exodus 24:3-8; Hebrews 9:11-15. NA m VlCl e. IN ,,urmu h 4 Golden Jubilarians Ralph and Mary (Wirthwein) Steltenpohl of Ferdinand will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 2 p.m. June I at St. Ferdinand Church, Fer- dinand. A reception will follow at the Ferdinand Communi- ty Center. The couple was married June 3, 1947, at Mary, Help of Christians Church, Mariah Hill, by Benedictine Father Matthew Preske. They are the parents of three children: Joe Steltenpohl and Diane King, both of Ferdinand, and Glen Steltenpohl of Fort Knox, Ky. They have three grandchildren. Mr. Steltenpohl is retired from Jasper Chair Co. DAVIESS COUNTY ABSTRACT COMPANY, INC. Joan Grannan, Mgr. Peoples Bank Building ashington, Indiana i ii I I Main Street Pharmacy 217 E.Main St Dovown Washington Phone: 254-5141 Golden Jubilarians Hugo and Delores (Niehaus) Wagner will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10:30 a.m. June 8 at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. A dinner, hosted by their sons, will be held for the immediate family and the wedding party at noon at the American Legion Post 124. An Open House will follow from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The couple was married June 3, 1947, at St. Martin Church, Siberia. They are the parents of two sons, Dr. Dennis Wagner of Louisville, and Leroy Wagner of Ferdinand. They have four grandchildren. ] ,, , I I J , I , T F Tray/or Fert0000er Inc. Box 68 Montgomeo . Indiana 4758 l)onald J. Travlor President Phone: 486-3285 11 I I I I I I I r II I I i i i! hi! , i r,,, ! _ .L.L