What is the Sodality?
A sanctuary has been opened to be specifically devoted to the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.Cardinal Manning at the opening Mass of Corpus Christi, 1874
If you’re new to the term, a Sodality is simply an association or group – more commonly known as a guild or confraternity. At Corpus Christi, the Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament is a group dedicated to the Eucharist, that was formed in 2016 during the restoration of the church, as a way for parishioners to come together and share a common focus on Adoration.
Today the Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament is a global community of people offering their prayers to Jesus and celebrating the Blessed Sacrament, and making acts of reparation for the sins committed against the Eucharist during the Reformation and since. The Sodality has grown in size to hundreds of members from around the world, including bishops, priests, seminarians and laity as members. Open to all, the Sodality welcomes members of every age and location, meeting once a month for Mass, Adoration and Benediction.
What We Do
- Monthly Masses with a different guest preacher
- Promotion and participation of Eucharistic Congresses
- Annual Quarant’Ore Devotions
- Eucharistic Retreats and Missions
The aim of the Sodality is to promote devotion to Jesus Christ, truly present Body, Soul and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. The Shrine of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane was built specifically “for the sacrileges committed at that sad time [the Reformation] against the Divine Sacrament”.
The Sodality seeks to encourage Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as the “inexhaustible source of holiness” (St. John Paul II), which can “bring God to the world and the world to God” (Pope Benedict XVI). It is this direct and personal encounter with Christ that can nourish faith, restore peace and lead to the fullness of life. In this great mystery, in which the incarnation is recreated upon our altars every day, in every time and place, Christ Himself is called down from Heaven to be with us sacramentally in the most intimate way possible.
In his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, St. John Paul II warned against abuses that lead to “confusion with regard to sound faith and Catholic doctrine.” It is hoped that the work of the Sodality will contribute towards efforts of improving catechesis, which in turn will bring about a greater reverence and devotion to this most precious treasure.