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Actual Sermon Preached to the Congregation by
Patriarch Jacobus Maria DeJesus, D.D.
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Sunday Within the Octave of Corpus Christi
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Epistle for the Sunday Within the Octave of Corpus Christi

1 John 3:13-18.

The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the First Epistle of Saint John, Chapter 3, Verses 13-18.

Wonder not, brethren, if the world hate you.  We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not, abideth in death.  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer. And you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in himself.

In this we have known the Charity of God, because He hath laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

He that hath the substance of this world, and shall see his brother in need, and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the Charity of God abide in him?

My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, and in Truth.


Gospel for the Sunday Within the Octave of Corpus Christi

Luke 14:16-24.

Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel for today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Luke, Chapter 14, Verses 16 to 24.

At that time Jesus told the Pharisees this parable:

A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.  And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.

And they began all at once to make excuse.  The first said to him:  I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it:  I pray thee, hold me excused.  And another said:  I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them:  I pray thee, hold me excused.  And another said:  I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

And the servant returning, told these things to his lord.  Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant:

"Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame."
And the servant said:
"Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room."
And the Lord said to the servant:
"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.  But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper."
Thus far are the words of today’s Holy Gospel.

Please be seated.


"A certain man made a great supper, and invited many."
(Gospel of today’s Mass [Luke 14:16.]).
  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Why Did the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, Institute the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist?

“A certain man made a great supper, and invited many”.  (Luke 14: 16). The Church does not limit the celebration of the Feast Day of Corpus Christi to one day only, but continues it for eight days, an Octave, during which she celebrates the Mass of the Most Blessed Sacrament on all days on which no greater Feast Day falls. This celebration of Corpus Christi for the space of eight days is ordered that we may more fully consider the wonderful Mystery of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, which is the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, and more firmly resolve to pay becoming homage to it and to gain as many Graces as possible for our Immortal Souls.

Why Did the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, Institute the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist?

The answer is:

1. To always favor us with His Divine Presence.
2. To offer up Himself every day for us.
3. To nourish our Souls for eternal life.
Part 1.  To always favor us with His Divine Presence.

1 . Our Divine Saviour, in His Infinite love, chose a way by which He could by dwell among us after His Ascension into Heaven.  This way is the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, which is the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. In the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, Jesus Christ, as our unchangeable Holy Catholic Faith teaches us, is truly present not only in Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, but also as man. The same Jesus Christ is here present Who once walked upon earth and Who now sits in Heaven at the right hand of God, His Father.

He fully accomplished His promise in this Sacrament: “Behold, I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” (Matthew 28:20). The people who lived in the days of Jesus Christ, and who saw Jesus Christ walk in their midst, do not have any advantage over us, for the same Jesus Christ is still living amongst us on the earth, under Mysterium Fidei, the Mystery of Faith, the Transubstantiated species of bread and wine.

In a certain sense, we are more highly favored today than were the contemporaries of Jesus Christ, because they frequently had various problems to overcome just to be able to go to see Him during the three years of His public ministry.  Why?  One major reason was the fact of the multitude of people who followed Him.  This fact usually made it very difficult for them to personally talk with Jesus Christ.

Also, consider the long and difficult trip of the three “Wise Men who came from the East to Jerusalem”, in search of the Infant Jesus, the “King of the Jews”. (Matthew 2:1-2).  Each one of them was a competent Astrologer who told king Herod “we have seen His Star in the East, and are come to adore Him”.  (Matthew 2:2).

Likewise, consider how all three of them, along with their entire entourage, had to travel by camel (does anyone know how fast a camel travels per day?) under various other difficulties in order to try to find, and then to humbly adore, the Eternal Word of God, Incarnate in human flesh, the Infant Jesus Christ.

During the public ministry of Jesus Christ, Zacheus “sought to see Jesus, Who He was, and he could not for the crowd, because he was low of stature.  And running before, he climbed up into a sycamore tree, that he might see Him; for He was to pass that way.”   (Luke 19:3-4).

Remember how the people in the desert could tarry with Him for only three days, after which they had to leave Him as the Scripture testifies:

“And Jesus called together His Disciples, and said:  I have compassion on the multitudes, because they continue with Me now three days, and have not what to eat, and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.”  (Matthew 15:32).

Each of you, who is a validly Baptized member of the REAL Roman Catholic Church, can go to visit Him, Who is Eucharistically present in the Tabernacle on the Holy Altar of Sacrifice, in the modern-day Catacombs, providing you are able to find one of a number of such places in the countries of the world.

2.   Why is Jesus Christ present in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist in the Tabernacle on the Holy Altar in the modern-day Catacombs? Because He loves you and it is His pleasure and delight to be with the children of men and to do good to them.

During His mortal life, He did good to all people.  Some examples include how: He instructed the ignorant, consoled the afflicted, received sinners, healed the sick, cast out devils, and raised the dead to life. What He once was in His mortal life, He continues to be in this Most Blessed Sacrament, a God of Divine Love, a Dispenser of all Graces.  In this Holy Sacrament He has His hands full of Graces, and seeks those to whom He may distribute them. From the Tabernacle He unceasingly cries out to you: “Come to Me, all you that labor, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” (Matthew 11:28).

3.  The Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, is truly present in this Holy Sacrament in order to impart His Graces to all faithful and real Roman Catholics.  Each of you, who really and truly are  faithful and real Roman Catholics, should go to Him with a willing and joyful heart to adore Him and to ask Him for the Graces of which you are in need.

Consider how zealous the Holy Saints were in this regard! For example, it was before the Most Blessed Sacrament that Saint Francis Xavier, S.J., (Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta) [b. at  Javier, Kingdom of Navarre on Saturday, April 7, 1506 - d. at Portuguese Base at São João Island on Wednesday, December 3, 1552], restored His strength after the labors and fatigues which He had to endure in His missionary labors and journeys in India.

Saint John Francis Regis, S.J. [b. at Fontcouverte, Aude, France on Friday, January 31, 1597 - d. at Lalouvesc, Ardèche, France  on Monday, December 31, 1640], who would sometimes find the doors of the local Roman Catholic Church locked, would remain kneeling in the rain and cold, with it being a consolation to Him to be able to adore the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, from a distance, outside of the Church interior.

Saint Wenceslaus of Bohemia [b. at Prague, Bohemia in c. 907 - d. at Stará Boleslav, Bohemia on Wednesday, September 28, 935], was accustomed to visit the Most Blessed Sacrament in Roman Catholic Churches during the night, and there to persevere for hours in prayer.

Imitate those Holy Saints and, when you are able to do so, physically visit the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, in the Tabernacle in the center of the High Altar (a.k.a. Main Altar) of Sacrifice, as often as possible. Once there, adore Him, thank Him for all the Graces and benefits you have received, do your best to atone for the many insults offered to Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament, present to Him your difficulties and problems, and humbly ask Him for the Graces in which you are in need.

When possible, do this on Sundays and Holydays, whether before or after the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass.  Depending on which Roman Catholic Modern-Day Catacomb in which you are in, you may be able to remain for a few minutes, to perhaps even half an hour or so, after the Holy Sacrifice of the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass has been Offered upon the Holy Altar of Sacrifice.

Consider that the time spent in the Eucharist Presence of the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, is the most precious and most profitable of your life, which will provide you with sweet consolation on your death bed and then in eternity.

However, IF you are unable to find any of the Roman Catholic Modern-Day Catacombs, where you can physically attend the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass Offered upon the Holy Altar of Sacrifice, and to receive valid Sacraments from a valid Roman Catholic Priest, or a valid Roman Catholic Prelate (i.e. a Bishop of whatever rank of Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction), at least get in the daily habit of making frequent acts of Spiritual Communions.

Part 2. To offer up Himself every day for us.

1. The Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, also instituted the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, in order to offer Himself up daily on the Altar of Sacrifice for Roman Catholics, including for Roman Catholics today in the Modern-Day Catacombs.

Today Jesus Christ, the New Passover, the Eternal High Priest, is immolated in an unbloody manner, Who once offered Himself in a bloody manner on the Altar of the Cross, Who now Offers Himself on the Holy Altar of Sacrifice during the unchangeable Holy Sacrifice of the Roman Catholic Traditional Mass, by the hands of the validly Ordained Mass Celebrant who is either a validly Ordained  Roman Catholic Priest, or who is a validly Consecrated  Roman Catholic Prelate (i.e. a Bishop of whatever rank of Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction).

The unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass is just as Spiritually profitable as the Sacrifice of the Cross because the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, is both the Sacrificing Priest/Prelate, and also the Infinite Victim of this Infinite Sacrifice.

On the cross  the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, offered Himself in order to redeem us.  During the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass, the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, offers Himself in order to represent to us His Sacrifice of the Cross and to apply to us the fruit of Redemption.

2. The unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass enables us to perfectly comply with our duties and obligations to God.

a.  Our first duty is to pay homage to Almighty God and to adore Him. Infinite honor is due to God.  But such an honor we can not give of ourselves to the Most Holy Trinity because we are all finite human beings.  Therefore, by definition, we can do nothing which has any infinite value. But the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass enables us to supply for our finite insufficiencies. If we are able to find, and to actually attend, the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass, this Holy Mass enables sincere and real Catholics to give the Holy Trinity a greater honor than all the Holy Angels and Saints can give the Holy Trinity.  No matter how great they are, they are only finite creatures and cannot pay an infinite homage to the Infinite God - the Infinite Holy Trinity.

But in the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass, Real Roman Catholics can join in spirit with the Mass Celebrant, and Offer to God the Father, the Infinite Victim of Sacrifice, the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son, consubstantial with Him.

b. Our second duty is to thank God for the countless Graces and benefits received.  But, because we are all finite human beings, we are unable to do this ourselves, because the Grace of God, especially the Grace of Redemption, is of Infinite value.

Therefore, once again, it is the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass which enables Catholics, who are faithful to Tradition, to worthily thank God.

In  the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass, Real Roman Catholics, faithful to Tradition, do not offer to God an earthly and finite gift, but His only-begotten Son, and in such a way such Real Roman Catholics perfectly fulfill their duty of thanksgiving.

c. A third duty is because we are sinners we must reconcile ourselves with God. This again we cannot do of ourselves because sin, being an offense against Infinite God, is an Infinite evil, and consequently requires an Infinite satisfaction, which we cannot make.

But in the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass, Roman Catholics  faithful to Tradition, can make most perfect satisfaction to God and reconcile themselves with Him and also obtain, in virtue of the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass, attended with the proper dispositions, all of the Graces necessary for a real repentance.  It is also because of the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass by which God is so indulgent and merciful towards the sinful world and does not chastise it as it deserves.

Lastly, a fourth duty is to ask Grace of God.  In the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass, Catholics  faithful to Tradition, have a most powerful means of obtaining all benefits from God because it is during the In the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass, that the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, offers Himself up for Real Roman Catholics who are faithful to Tradition, to induce His Heavenly Father to be propitious to all Real Roman Catholics who are faithful to Tradition, and to them in all of their many necessities. How could the Heavenly Father refuse His Divine Son when He offers Himself up to Him? How could He reject the petitions of those Real Roman Catholics who are faithful to Tradition, when His Son presents them before His throne?

3. The  unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass, being so profitable and acceptable a Sacrifice, it follows that those who attend it should do so whenever possible. The primitive Catholics daily assembled for the Offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

After the death of the Apostles, Catholics still showed how much they valued the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and during the persecutions they risked their lives in order to attend it.

Catholics who have been solicitous for their salvation have at all times in the past, attended the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, with the same fervor.

For example,  Saint Louis IX, the King of France [b. at Poissy, France on Friday, April 25, 1214 - d. at Tunis, North Africa on Monday, August 25, 1270], attended the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass daily - sometimes two, three, and even four times a day.

Saint Thomas More, [b. at London, England in 1477 - d. martyred, at Tower Hill, London, England, on Saturday, July 6, 1535],  the Lord High Chancellor of England, although burdened with the cares and labors of state, never let a day pass by without attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Yes, today it is very difficult to find a real, valid,  Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Modern-Day Catacombs.  Those which are not found in the Modern-Day Catacombs, with only perhaps 5 or 6 exceptions?, are usually not valid because the Mass Celebrants of such Masses are usually invalidly ordained, especially if such Mass Celebrants are under the age of 70.

So, instead, read the prayers for the Ordinary of Mass, which is to be found on this web site at:

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m104.html

Part 3. To nourish our Souls for eternal life.

1. The Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, instituted the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist for the nourishment of our Souls unto life everlasting. For this reason He said:

“Amen, amen I say unto you:  Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His Blood, you shall not have life in you.  He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath everlasting life:  and I will raise him up in the last day.  For My flesh is meat indeed:  and My blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in him.” (John 6:54-57).

Not content with giving us His Graces, to be outside of us, He wishes to enter into our hearts, and to dwell there, and to be, as it were, one with us. Therefore He says: “He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in him.” (John 6:57).  Jesus Christ is the source and dispenser of Grace Whom we receive in Holy Communion, not, as in the other Sacraments, only individual Graces, but rather the plentitude of Grace, the Author of Graces

2. Since Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, imparts to us so many Graces in Holy Communion, we must deem ourselves happy to receive Him very often. In the early ages of the Church it was the custom of Catholics to communicate with the Priest at every Mass at which they were present.

Saint Jerome [b. at Stridon, Dalmatia c. 340 A.D. - d. at Bethlehem in 420 A.D.], in the fourth century says that it was customary at Rome in His time for Catholics to receive Holy Communion at every Mass. The Council of Antioch [341 A.D.] required that Catholics who attend Mass, but who do not go to Holy Communion, should be excluded from the Church. Even in later times, when the primitive fervor had grown cold, there were many who several times in the week approached the Most Holy Altar of Sacrifice. All the Saints whose lives are known, without one single exception had the greatest desire for Holy Communion and received it as often as possible. The Church at all times urgently recommended frequent Holy Communion to her children, and the Council of Trent expresses the desire that at every Mass some at least should communicate not only Spiritually, but physically.

In order for you to partake of the Graces of Holy Communion, you must properly prepare yourselves to do so. Take care that there is not even one Mortal Sin on your conscience, because it is a terrible Mortal Sin of Sacrilege to receive Holy Communion in the state of Mortal Sin.  Prove yourselves before receiving every Holy Communion to make sure you have no voluntary inclination to any sin in your heart. If you find such, detest it from the bottom of your heart, and make a resolution to practice the contrary Virtue on every occasion. Cleanse your Soul also from venial sins, for the purer you are the more Graces you will receive in Holy Communion by making an Act of Contrition.  Before every Holy Communion, it is profitable to say the Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity, Humility, and a desire for union with Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of His Divine Love.

Now you know why Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, instituted the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist and how you must conduct yourselves towards it.  Jesus Christ is all love for us which is the reason why He dwells under the Transubstantiated species of bread in the Tabernacles in the Modern-Day Catacombs.


Resolutions

The Speaker and the Hearers
The Writer and the Readers


It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.”   (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)


Let us now review our resolutions:

For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to visit the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, in the Tabernacle on the Holy Altar of Sacrifice when it is possible during these days of persecution and there adore Him and ask of Him whatever you need for time and eternity. He is all love for us, therefore He offers Himself up for us daily in an unbloody manner during the unchangeable Roman Catholic Traditional Mass on the Holy Altars, in order to apply to us the fruits of His Sacrifice on the cross.  Attend Mass when you can in the Modern-Day Catacombs.

When possible, attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Roman Catholic Traditional Mass and properly prepare yourselves to receive the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist so that your Souls may be nourished for eternal life. Blessed are those who, when able to do so, during these days of persecution, properly attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Roman Catholic Traditional Mass and receive your Divine Savior in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist.  In this way, you can live and die in union with Jesus Christ, and possess Him for all eternity in Heaven. But at least try to make a Spiritual Communion daily.  Amen.





Conclusion
"A certain man made a great supper, and invited many."
(Gospel of today’s Mass [Luke 14:16.]).
  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

 



The Blessing
V. Sit + Nomen Domini benedictum.
R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in
Nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit cœlum et terram.
V. Benedicat vos, Omnipotens Deus:
V. Pa + ter, et Fi + lius, et Spiritus + Sanctus, descendat super vos, et maneat semper.
R. Amen.
V. Blessed + be the Name of the Lord.
R. Now and for ever more.x
V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
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R. Who made Heaven and earth.
V. May Almighty God Bless thee:x
V. The Fa + ther, the + Son, and the Holy + Ghost, descend upon thee, and always remain with thee.
R. Amen.

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The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 
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