About Today

Fresco cycle in the Dominican monastery San Marco in Florence, detail head of St. Romualdus by Fra Angelico [Public domain]

June 19

Saint Romuald, Abbot

Optional Memorial

Saint Romuald was an Italian hermit born around 950 A.D. The son of aristocratic parents, Saint Romuald indulged as a lavish and thoughtless youth. Shocked by witnessing his father win a duel, Saint Romuald fled to a local abbey and entered religious life. Drawn to eremitic simplicity, he traveled through Italy reforming monasteries and eventually founded the Camaldolese Order. As Saint Peter Damian described, Saint Romuald’s goal was to, “…turn the whole world into a hermitage, and make all the multitude of the people associates of the monastic order.” [1][2]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Romuald.”
[2] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Camaldolese.”
Note: Optional Memorials and Commemorations are optional celebrations and, at present, we do not include content specific to these special days. This “About Today” is provided so that you can celebrate this Saint as you worship Christ.

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. Readings and Old and New Testament Canticles (except the Gospel Canticles) are from the New American Bible © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media follows the liturgical calendar for the United States. The 1970 edition of the New American Bible as published in the Liturgy of the Hours is approved for use only in the United States. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2022 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

About Today

The Institution of the Eucharist by Nicolas Poussin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sunday after Trinity Sunday

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Solemnity

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (Jn 6:51).[1]

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Also known as Corpus Christi, today honors the body of Christ, both in the Eucharistic and in the Church. Corpus Christi reminds us to stand with Christ, walk toward Him, and kneel in His holy presence. [2]

When we receive the Eucharist, we become one Body in Christ. Standing together in Our Lord, we are united and as the Apostle Paul wrote, “Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all” (Col 3:11).[3][4]

As we walk toward Christ, we grow in union with Him. In this way, we each play our individual role as the whole of the world gathers-in under His fold.

As we kneel in adoration, we are choosing the freedom of Christ’s call over the slavery of man’s reign. In sacred silence, we come together and commune in the holy language of quietness. In these ways, “We,” as a universal body, express our togetherness in Christ.

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Revised Standard Version s.v., “John, The Gospel According to”.
[2] Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, Celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord, June 21, 2011.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Revised Standard Version, s.v., “Colossians, The Letter of Paul to the.”

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. Readings and Old and New Testament Canticles (except the Gospel Canticles) are from the New American Bible © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media follows the liturgical calendar for the United States. The 1970 edition of the New American Bible as published in the Liturgy of the Hours is approved for use only in the United States. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2022 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

Invitatory – Solemnity

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