Corpus Christi: Honoring the Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

Feast of Corpus Christi

The Feast of Corpus Christi, also known as the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, is a special celebration in the Roman Catholic Church.

It is celebrated by the Latin Church and some Western Orthodox, Lutheran and Anglican churches.

The origins of the feast of Corpus Christi can be traced back to 1246, when Robert de Torote, Bishop of Liège, ordered the celebration of the festival in his diocese.

The feast was proposed by Thomas Aquinas to Pope Urban IV in the 13th century.

With the intention of creating a distinctive celebration centered on the enjoyment of Jesus Christ as the true Body and Blood of the Eucharist.

Highlights of the festivities often include the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, in which the Eucharist is displayed in a cloister.

He was influenced by visions of Saint Juliana, the prioress of Mont Cornillon near Liège.

The order was later confirmed by Pope Clement V at the Council of Vienne in 1311–12.