Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

The Bread of Life – Our Celebration of Corpus Christi

O Sacred Banquet…

“I am the Bread of Life.”
-Jesus (John 6:48)

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Last Sunday, we celebrated our patronal feast – Corpus Christi.  Body of Christ.  The feast of Corpus Christi was instituted by Pope Urban VI to commemorate in a special way the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.  That is, as Catholics, we believe that the bread and wine offered during the Mass become Christ, body, blood, soul and divinity.  This sacrament was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper when He told His disciples, “This is my body…this is my blood…do this in remembrance of Me.”  Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, He is made truly present under the appearance of bread and wine.  Every day, He fulfills his promise made before He ascended into heaven: “I will never leave you.”

Before His suffering, death, and resurrection, Jesus gave a discourse on the “Bread of Life” to His disciples (see John 6).  He instructed his disciples, “he that eateth My Flesh and drinketh My Blood, abideth in Me and I in him.”  (John 6:57).  When many who followed him grumbled, “this is a hard saying, who can accept it?” and left Jesus, He turned to His twelve apostles and asked, “Will you leave me too?”  Peter responded for them, “To whom else shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.”

Indeed, it is a hard saying to believe that what appears to be bread and wine is in fact, through grace, the Person of Jesus.  But there it is.  If Catholics have this wrong, we are guilty of idolatry.  If we are right, well, to where else shall we go, but to Jesus, present right now in churches, chapels, tabernacles, and monstrances?  As Christians, we believe and know Jesus is our hope and salvation – He is love, mercy, and justice.  He is the beginning and end of all.  How can we not adore Him?

Nearly 100 years ago, our monastery was founded by invitation of the archbishop of San Francisco and provincial of the Western Dominican Province in order to bring perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to the Bay Area: to be a beacon of light on a hill, a refuge for the lost and broken.  The nuns wait with Jesus who still calls out, “Come to me, all you who are heavy-burdened and I will give you rest.  Learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart.”  The God-Man who walked the earth and healed people by word and deed waits for us, to personally touch and speak to our hearts, to bind our wounds and restore us to life.

“O man, what has your God left you?  He has left you Himself, wholly God and wholly Man, concealed under this whiteness of bread.  O fire of love!  Was it not enough for You to have created us to Your image and likeness, and to have re-created us in grace through the Blood of Your Son, without giving Yourself wholly to us as our Food, O God, Divine Essence?  What impelled you to do this?  Your charity alone.  It was not enough for You to send Your Word to us for our redemption; neither were you content to give Him to us as our Food, but in the excess of Your love for your creature, You gave to man the whole divine essence.”
-St. Catherine of Siena

We were blessed to have with us on Sunday so many friends and benefactors, as well as many of our dear Dominican brothers.  The celebrant and homilist for the Mass was newly ordained Fr. Gabriel Mosher, O.P.  Rev. Br. Christopher Brannan, O.P., one of our newly ordained deacons, assisted as deacon during the Mass.
Below are a few pictures from the Mass and Benediction (thank you to our volunteer photographer Michelle Cardenas who took the pictures on the “outside”!).  In addition to the friars, laity, and friends, we also want to thank our organist, Jill, who had to use her running shoes to help us.  It was a beautiful and joyful day and we are so grateful for the many people who were able to help us celebrate and give praise and honor to our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

May God bless you all!  Deo Gratias!

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Fr. Gabriel Thomas Mosher, O.P. entering the Temple of the Lord

 

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Fr. Stephen Marie Lopez, O.P. Vocation Director of the Province and Fr. Justin Gable, O.P.

 

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Rev. Brother Christopher Brannan, O.P. reading the Epistle

 

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Fr. Gabriel Mosher, O.P. giving the homily

 

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Fr. Michael Morris, O.P., Fr. Eugene Sousa, O.P. (our Chaplain), Fr. Anthony Rosevear, O.P. Novice Master and Novice Brother Joseph Selinger

 

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Corpus Christi Celebration 2015

Eucharistic procession around the chapel

 

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Eucharistic procession into the nuns’ choir and Benediction

 

 

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The joy of receiving the first priestly blessing from Fr. Gabriel!

 

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Fr. Gabriel giving his first priestly blessing to the people.

 

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A beautiful sight! Please support our friars and keep them in your prayers! Deo Gratias!

 

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