Sunday, June 6, 2010

Corpus Christi

A stained glass window in St. John's chapel at St. Michael's Cathedral depicting at its center the consecrated Host and the chalice containing the Precious Blood.

The veil of mystery has been torn asunder.  He is there, my God, infinite Unity, adorable Trinity, under the appearance of a small piece of bread.  Jesus is there, in His sacred Humanity, His Heart, His Precious Blood, His Soul, His eternal Divinity; He is there, whole and entire, in each Host consecrated throughout the world and in each fragment of consecrated Host.    
                                 – Bl. Dina Belanger


  1. How does one get into St John's chapel? I've been by the outside may times, but I know of no way to get in. Does one have to work for the cathedral? Have friends in high places? Have friends in low places? How?

  2. It does not seem to be open to the public regularly but here are a few ideas:

    If you are between the ages of 26 and 39 (an age range which they hilariously call "Young Adults"), you could attend the prayer gathering which they hold in St. John's chapel at 7pm on the first Friday of the month.

    They schedule weddings in St. John's chapel on Saturdays (outside of Lent) at 10:30am, 1pm, and 3pm. Get married. No? Perhaps after a wedding as the guests are making their way out there might be a moment when one could slip in and take a quick look around?

    In previous years they have offered tours of the Cathedral after the noon Mass on Sundays during the summer. I haven't seen it in the bulletin yet this year but if they do it again this summer, maybe you could ask to see St. John's chapel at the end of the tour (if it is not routinely shown on the tour).

    Attend one of the major events at the Cathedral after which most everything seems to be open and buzzing with people. Afterwards, nab a passing priest, deacon or sacristan and ask him if he'll show you.

    Ask Father or a sacristan for permission to slip back there after Mass sometime. The worst they could say is 'no'.