Category:Corpus Christi

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English: Corpus Christi ( Latin for Body of Christ) is a Latin Rite solemnity. It is also celebrated in some Anglican, Lutheran and Liberal Catholic Churches. It does not commemorate a particular event in Jesus' life but celebrates the Body of Christ, consecrated in the Mass. It is held on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday or, in some places, on the following Sunday. Its celebration on a Thursday is meant to associate it with the institution by Jesus of the Eucharist during the Last Supper, commemorated on Maundy Thursday, but because the primary focus of Maundy Thursday is the institution of the Eucharist and not a veneration of the Real Presence of Christ in the consecrated elements of bread and wine, Corpus Christi is observed after the fifty days of Easter are over. Therefore, when the feast of Corpus Christi was introduced it was placed on the first free Thursday after Eastertide. (With the abolition of the octave of Pentecost, it is now the second free Thursday after Eastertide.) In the Mass of Paul VI, the feast is officially known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.


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