“When you see [the Body of Christ] exposed, say to yourself: It is on account of this Body that I am no longer earth and ashes, no longer captive, but free.
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This Body gives me hope of heaven and the treasures there laid up for me: life without end, the company of the angels, familiar intercourse with Christ.
This Body was pierced by nails, torn with scourges, yet was drenched with blood, pierced by the lance; the Body from which two springs of salvation gushed forth, one of blood and one of water.
This Body He has given us to hold an to eat – a proof of His ardent love.”
(St. John Chrysostom quoted in Mediator Dei)