The Body and Blood of Christ

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AKA NameThe Feast of Corpus Christi, Feast of the Body of Christ, Transubstantiation
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Related Hashtags#Corpuschristi, #Eucharist, #Catholic
2022 Date16 June 2022
2023 Date8 June 2023
The Body and Blood of Christ

The Body and Blood of Christ History

The Body and Blood of Christ (also known as Corpus Christi) commemorates the sacrament of Holy Communion in the Roman Catholic Church. This includes the receiving of the Eucharist which Christians believe symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. This feast aims to remind us of Jesus Christ's sacrifice.

The Body and Blood of Christ has been observed since the 14th century. It is observed annually on the Sunday 63 days after Easter. In many countries, it is observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

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The Body and Blood of Christ Facts & Quotes

  • St. Juliana of Mount Cornillion (Belgium) was a 12th-century nun who spearheaded the effort to include a feast day for the Blessed Sacrament. She reportedly had a vision of the Church as a pure full moon with one dark spot, which she interpreted as the omission of a feast for the sacrament. Following this, Pope Urban IV decreed the Feast of Corpus Christi in the mid-13th century.
  • In the Middle Ages, the priest was the only person who received the elements. The congregation watched him eat the bread and drink the wine.
  • The Sacraments are Jesus Christ's presence in us. So it is important for us to go to Confession and receive Holy Communion - Pope Francis, November 23, 2013.
  • The Feast of Corpus Christi (body of Christ) is held on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. In the Western Christianity, it is primarily celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church. Some churches have moved the service to the following Sunday. The day celebrates the institution of the Blessed Sacrament, or Holy Communion.

The Body and Blood of Christ Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend Mass and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of Corpus Christi.
  • Travel to Vatican City and watch the annual procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Rome.
  • A wide range of theologies exist about Holy Communion. Read about how the elements of bread and wine are related to the body and blood of Christ depending on your denomination.
  • Teach your children about Holy Communion at home with grape juice and regular bread. Some denominations allow children to take communion, but instead of saying, this is my body broken for you or this is my blood shed for you, communion servers will say to a small child, this means Jesus loves you.

The Body and Blood of Christ - References and Related Sites

newadvent.org: Corpus Christi

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