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Corpus Christi Procession (Eucharistic Revival)

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi is a celebration of the Tradition and belief in the Eucharist as the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.


The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
(Corpus Christi)
60 Days After Easter
(02-June-2024)

The Roman Catholic Churches of Vernon's celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi this year is part of and central to the bigger initiative of renewing our love and devotion to our Eucharistic Lord. Check out all other activities directed towards Eucharistic Revival.

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What is Corpus Christi?
Corpus Christi is Latin for the “Body of Christ.” In the Catholic Church in the West, Corpus Christi is celebrated as a solemnity on the Sunday following the Most Holy Trinity Sunday since the liturgical reforms of Vatican II. At its core the solemnity is a celebration of the Tradition and belief in the Eucharist as the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

Why is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi important?
The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life” (Second Vatican Council, Lumen gentium, no. 11). In the Eucharist, Jesus Himself re-presents for our benefit His Sacrifice on Calvary (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:26-29), gives Himself to us in Holy Communion (Exodus 16:4, 35; John 6:1-14, 48-51), and remains among us until the end of the age (Luke 24:13-35; Mt. 28:18-20). He comes to us in this humble form, making Himself vulnerable, out of love for each one of us. Yet, as God Himself, the Body and Blood of Christ deserves our utmost respect and love, as well as our adoration.

History of the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Saint Juliana of Liège, O.Praem, (Premonstratensian Order; also known as the Norbertines) was the one who became the spark leading to a joyous celebration of Corpus Christi. For her devotion, life, and efforts, she is known as the “Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament.”
Juliana and her twin sister, Agnes, were born in a village near Liège. They were orphaned at age five and placed in a newly founded hospice at Mont-Cornillon, outside of Liège. The Norbertine canonry oversaw the care and rearing of the two girls, who were initially placed on a small farm next to the canonry. Juliana, after entering the Order at the age of 13, worked for many years in its leprosarium. Agnes seems to have died young.
Liège was already a center for devotion to the Eucharist. So from her early youth, Juliana had great veneration for the Eucharist and longed for a special feast day in its honor. In 1208 at age 16, she began having visions of a full moon having one dark spot. Her vision presented the moon in its full splendor, crossed diametrically by a dark stripe. In time she came to understand that the moon symbolized the life of the Church on earth, the opaque line, on the other hand, represented the absence of a liturgical feast in honor of Christ’s Body and Blood. Not having any way to bring about such a feast, she kept her thoughts to herself, except for sharing them with Blessed Eve of Liège, who lived in a cell adjacent to the Basilica of St. Martin, and a few other trusted sisters in her monastery. The vision was repeated for the next 20 years, but she maintained it as a secret. When she eventually relayed it to her confessor, he relayed it to the Bishop of Liège, Robert de Thorete. Eventually the celebration of Corpus Christi became part of the annual celebrations in the diocese.

Becoming a Universal Celebration.
The archdeacon of the diocese, Jacques Pantaléon of Troyes was also won over to the cause of the Feast of Corpus Christi during his time in the Diocese of Liège. He eventually became Pope Urban IV in 1264. He instituted the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on the Thursday after Pentecost as a feast for the entire Latin Rite, by the papal bull Transiturus de hoc mundo.
While Juliana prepared prayers and music for the feast, Pope Urban also requested that St. Thomas Aquinas write an office (special prayers) and hymns for the feast. It is from these offices that we have these most well known Eucharistic songs: Tantum Ergo, Pange Lingua, and O Salutaris Hostia.

(SOURCES: sacredheartfla.org, and Marc Massery on thedivinemercy.org)

 
Schedule
8:30 AM
Regular Sunday Mass at St. James Church
9:30 AM
Corpus Christi Procession (see route)
10:00 AM
Corpus Christi Caravan to Our Lady of the Valley (OLOV) (see route)
10:10 AM
Corpus Christi Procession at OLOV (from Gate to Church)
10:20 AM
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (What is it?)
10:30 AM
Solemn Mass at Our Lady of the Valley Church

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