The Universal Church celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi on the following Thursday, after the Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity. During this celebration, we publicly manifest our love, faith, devotion and adoration to Jesus in the Sacrament. In this festivity, we can appreciate how, in many countries, the faithful express their faith in the Eucharist through processions, rug on the floor, novenas, chants, etc.; to highlight the great importance that Jesus has in the sacrament of living our faith.
The Catechism of the Church highlights and summarizes the importance of the Eucharist:
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (LG 11). The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch. (CCC #1324)
In the Catholic Church of the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is moved to the second Sunday after the Feast of Pentecost.
The Parish of St. Pius X, in the Archdiocese of Portland, celebrated this festivity with a solemn Holy Mass and then a great procession. On our tour, the Blessed Sacrament visited the different beautiful altars that were erected in his honor.
During these visits, we prayed as a Church for different intentions, such as: for migrants, children, youth and adults; for the peace of the world, for those who do not believe in God; for families, women; our Holy Father Francisco, the bishops, priests and deacons; for the separated brothers and the Jewish People; for our governors; and for all the chosen People of God.
Origin of this sacred tradition.
In 1208 the religious, Juliana de Cornillon, promotes the idea of celebrating a festivity in honor of the Body and Blood of Christ present in the Eucharist. Thus, it is celebrated for the first time in 1246 in the diocese of Liège (Belgium). Later, Pope Urban IV, who had the seat of the court in Orvieto, north of Rome, heard the story of Bolsena, where a priest who celebrated the Holy Mass had serious doubts about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
When the hour of consecration arrived, his doubts were more intense; then, when the host broke, he began to see that blood was coming out and that the body was also soaked. The relic was carried in procession to the city of Orvieto on June 19, 1276. Pope Urban IV, who was moved by this miracle, proclaimed the papal bull “Transiturus” on September 8, 1276, where he asks that the feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated throughout the Universal Church.
But it was Pope John XXII who was in charge of promoting and extending this festival in the year 1317. Finally, the Council of Trent (1545-1563) encouraged the faithful to carry out the processions and public demonstrations of faith with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. to adore him and to thank him for such great love, having stayed with us in this little piece of bread with all his humanity and divinity.
I want to conclude this special report with another point of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: “Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.” (CCC #1327)