Corpus Christi


Corpus Christi, which is Latin for Body of Christ, dates back to 1246 A.D.  The idea came from St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon (1193-1258) who always held a strong love and devotion for the Body of Christ.  She wished for a long time that a day would be set aside for the veneration of the Body of Christ, and then one night she had a vision of the Catholic Church under a full moon; the only dark spot on the entire Church was a lack of a feast day for the Body of Christ.  After that vision she went into action to have a feast created.


Though Holy Thursday was the day on which the institution of the Eucharist was celebrated, the feast of Corpus Christi was put on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday because the Church did not feel that the event was receiving the proper amount of joy and celebration as it fell during Holy Week.


Holy Family Catholic Church will celebrate this feast with a Latin High Mass at 7:00pm followed by an outdoor procession.  From 9:00am to 2:00pm that day, members of the parish and other volunteers will decorate the processional route and area surrounding the church parking lot.  They will dye wood chips in bright colors and use them to create religious pictures on the ground.  As part of the procession, banners with pictures of Mary, Mother of God, the Blessed Sacrament, and others will be carried.


All are invited to participate in and to attend the Mass and procession for the glory of God.


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