In this lesson we study the Feast of Corpus Christi and an overview of Eucharistic Theology as well as practical ways to observe this feastday.
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INTROIT Ps. 80:17 He fed them with the finest wheat, alleluia! and filled them with honey from the rock, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Ps. 80:2. Sing joyfully to God, our helper, sing aloud to the God of Jacob. V. Glory be . . .
Feast of Corpus Christ:
The Feast of Corpus Christi was instituted in the 13th Century to commemorate the Institution of the Eucharist. While we remember this on Holy Thursday, we also remember Christ's coming passion and death as well as the institution of the priesthood. For the sublime gift of the Holy Eucharist, we need another day set aside just to praise God for His unlimited humility and love. Imagine that bread and wine become the God of Heaven and Earth!
Around the early 1200s, Saint Juliana of Mont Cornillon received a vision concerning this feast at a young age. St. Juliana always had a strong devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. In her vision she saw the Church under the appearance of the full moon. One large, dark spot was in the moon - symbolic of the absence of a solemnity to honor the Holy Eucharist. St. Juliana became an Augustinian nun in Liége, France, in 1206. Corpus Christi became a feast for the Diocese of Liege in 1246, and later in 1312, Corpus Christi became a mandatory feast in the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1970 the name was changed from Corpus Christi to the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ when Corpus Christi and the Feast of the Precious Blood (July 1) were joined. Traditional Latin Masses and those attached to the Traditional Roman Rite still separately celebrate the Feasts of Corpus Christi and the Feast of the Precious Blood.
St. Juliana, Belgian religious and mystic of the late 12th century, was chosen by God to begin the work of establishing the Feast of Corpus Christi. She was shown a vision that signified Christ's desire for a feast in honor of the Most Blessed Eucharist, (1) to fortify the faithful against coming attacks on this great Mystery; (2) to strengthen the faithful on their path to virtue; (3) to make reparation for the many outrages committed against Christ in the Sacrament of Love. The Feast was eventually established by Pope Urban IV in 1264. St. Thomas Aquinas, Dominican friar and Doctor of the Church, wrote the Office of Corpus Christi; a miracle attested to the Lord's approval of his work. The Feast of Corpus Christi is unique amongst all the great feasts of the Church. By means of the miracle of Transubstantiation, Christ is truly present, whole and entire, in all the consecrated Hosts in the whole world. Christ rem...
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