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Friday, June 8, 2012
Corpus Christi at St. Vincent's Chapel (SSPX)

These beautiful images from yesterday's High Mass in honor of our Eucharistic King are courtesy of the SSPX's website.

Today's feast has 3 purposes:

1) To honor Our Lord, who is truly present in the Holy Eucharist
2) To instruct others on the faith, mystery, and devotion concerning the Holy Eucharist
3) To show our appreciate for the great gift of the Holy Eucharist

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 just 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 visition 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

Many parishes will have Eucharistic processions. These processions are endowed with indulgences by Popes Martin V and Eugene IV.


del_button June 9, 2012 at 8:42 AM
Anonymous said...

What a beautifuk Church!


del_button June 9, 2012 at 8:43 AM
Anonymous said...

Matthew, please correct my spelling above.- Therese

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