The Feast of Corpus Christi

The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

The Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (as it is often called today), goes back to the 13th century. The feast was established in 1246 by Bishop Robert de Thorte of Liege at the suggestion of St. Juliana of Mont Carvillon.

St. Juliana had a great veneration for the Blessed Sacrament, and always longed for a special feast in its honor. This desire is said to have been increased by a vision of the Church under the appearance of the full moon having one dark spot, which signified the absence of such a solemnity. She made known her ideas to Robert de Thorete, then Bishop of Liège who called a synod in 1246 and ordered the celebration to be held in the following year. From Liège, the celebration began to spread, and, on September 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the papal bull "Transiturus," which established the Feast of Corpus Christi as a universal feast of the Church, to be celebrated on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday.

For centuries after the celebration was extended to the universal Church, the feast was also celebrated with a eucharistic procession, in which the Sacred Host was carried throughout the town, accompanied by hymns and litanies. The faithful would venerate the Body of Christ as the procession passed by.

The feast of Corpus Christi is one time when our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed not just to faithful Catholics but to all the world. This is a time when Catholics can show their love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way. It is also a wonderful way in which we can show our love for our neighbors by bringing Our Lord and Savior closer to them.

 

Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession
Sunday, June 18


Following the 9 a.m. Mass, everyone is invited to participate in a Eucharistic Procession to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi.

The Feast of Corpus Christi is an opportunity for us to publically show our love for Christ in the Eucharist. Join Fr. Roux as he processes with the Blessed Sacrament to three altars set up on the parish grounds and then return inside the Cathedral. Our First Communicants are welcomed to participate in the procession and should come dressed in their First Communion dresses & suites to lead the procession. If your child plans to attend, please contact Adrian Quintero by calling (704) 334-2283 or via e-mail.

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