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CELEBRATION OF THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LORD IN THE BASILICA OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (26 MAY)

Date: 28.5.2005
Source: Custody of The Holy Land

The celebration of the solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord was held in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre with all due solemnity in this year dedicated to the Eucharist, which marks the central aspect of the Christian life and of the celebration of Sunday, the Lord's day.

In order to facilitate the participation of the faithful and to commemorate this year of the Eucharist, the Liturgical Office of the Holy Land Custody has edited a useful and elegant booklet containing all the liturgical celebrations in seven languages.

The celebrations began with the solemn Vespers celebrated in front of the Anástasis or Resurrection edicule, followed by the solemn daily procession around the Basilica.   The celebration ended with the singing of Compline.

During the night the Franciscan friars of the fraternity of Saint Saviour went down once more to the Basilica in order to celebrate the Vigil Office of the Solemnity round about midnight.

On the morning of the following day, 26th May, the celebration of Morning Lauds was held, followed by the solemn Mass. At the end of the Eucharistic celebration the procession with the Blessed Sacrament around the edicule of the Resurrection took place.

The procession went round three times, and then, after passing underneath Calvary, it stopped in front of the edicule of the Resurrection, and the Blessed Sacrament was placed upon the Tomb of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bishop then imparted Benediction to the faithful.  In the same way Eucharistic Benediction was repeated at the altar of Saint Mary Magdalen and in the chapel of the Apparition of the Risen Lord to his Blessed Mother, where the celebration came to an end.

This solemnity is celebrated on Thursday in the Basilica of Holy Sepulchre alone, because of reasons linked to the "status quo".  In all the other churches it is cel! ebrated on the following Sunday, according the calendar of the Diocese of Jerusalem.


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