Sunday, June 6, 2021 is the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, a celebration of the presence and power that the Eucharist can be in our lives. This year’s celebration takes on powerful purpose as we mark the past years’ experience of the COVID crisis which created for many a painful separation from Mass and this wonderful sacrament. This year’s celebration also marks the easing of many COVID restrictions and greater access to Mass in many places, including here in our parish.
To mark this very special moment, Archbishop William Lori has announced a “Year of the Eucharist” beginning this Corpus Christi, an opportunity to renew our appreciation and celebration of the sacrament, invite others to return to Mass at church, and welcome still others to experience it for the first time. Events, celebrations and resources will be available throughout the coming year and you can learn more and stay up to date at archbalt.org/year-of-the-eucharist.
Here at Nativity, we will be marking this Feast with greater access to weekend Masses. While every prudent safety precaution will continue to be taken, including social distancing in our seating arrangements, beginning June 5 & 6 no reservations will be required for our 5pm Saturday or our 9 & 10:45am Sunday Masses. Face mask restrictions have been lifted both out and in door and we will be expanding our seating capacity. The Vision Café will reopen in the near future with limited beverage service after all Masses. Most significantly, we will be returning to traditional procedures for the distribution of Holy Communion.
Also on Sunday June 6 we will be offering Eucharistic Adoration in our main sanctuary from noon until 5pm, all are welcome anytime.
On Friday, June 4 we are kicking off our weekly commitment to Eucharistic Adoration at the Baltimore Basilica. America’s Mother Church and our nation’s first Cathedral, the Basilica will be hosting perpetual adoration in their crypt chapel and Nativity as agreed to staff 4 hours each Friday, from 8am-2pm for the coming year. Specifically we will be praying for an end to violence in our city and community. To learn more check it out at churchnativity.com/adoration.
Please join us as we celebrate Corpus Christi.