Corpus Christi

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AKA NameThe Feast of Corpus Christi, Feast of the Body of Christ, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi
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2024 Date30 May 2024
2025 Date19 June 2025

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Corpus Christi, also known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, is a Christian observance that honors the Holy Eucharist. This feast day celebrates the belief in the real presence of Jesus Christ's body and blood in the consecrated bread and wine during the Mass. It is an important occasion for Catholics, and many other Christian denominations, as it focuses on the significance of the Eucharist and its role as a sacrament in the faith.

The history of Corpus Christi dates back to the 13th century when it was first celebrated in Liege, Belgium, by St. Juliana. Pope Urban IV later extended the feast to the entire Roman Catholic Church in 1264. For the people in America, Corpus Christi is observed by Catholics and some high church Anglicans, with the focus on the unity in faith and reverence towards the Eucharist. In the United States, a key aspect of the observance is the adherence to the belief that the sacrament is the source and summit of the Christian life, reflecting the strength and compassion of the community.

In America, Corpus Christi is observed through various customs and rituals, including Mass, Eucharistic processions, and prayer services. These events are often adorned with flower petals, banners, and religious art to showcase the beauty and majesty of the Eucharist. Corpus Christi is observed on June 8th.

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  • "Corpus Christi" is a Latin term that translates to "Body of Christ."
  • The liturgical color associated with Corpus Christi is white or gold, symbolizing purity, joy, and the glory of the Eucharist.
  • The Feast of Corpus Christi has its origins in the 13th century and was officially established by Pope Urban IV in 1264.

Top things to do in Spain for Corpus Christi

  • If you're Christian, go to Mass and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of Corpus Christi.
  • Travel to the Vatican City and watch the annual procession of the Blessed Sacrament, headed by the Pope, through the streets of Rome.

Corpus Christi references and related sites

Newadvent.org: Corpus Christi

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