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Corpus Christi

The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), also known as Corpus Domini, is a Latin Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the tradition and belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ and his Real Presence in the Eucharist. It emphasizes the joy of the institution of the Eucharist, which was observed on Holy Thursday in the somber atmosphere of the nearness of Good Friday. In the present Roman Missal, the feast is designated the solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ and celebrated the Sunday after the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity.


At the end of Mass there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, generally displayed in a monstrance. The procession is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A notable Eucharistic procession is that presided over by the Pope each year in Rome, where it begins at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and makes its way to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, where it concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.


Here at PAX CHRISTI, we will celebrate Corpus Christi with a procession to four altars on our grounds at which prayers, readings and songs celebrating our belief in the Real Presence of Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ in the Eucharist.   All parishioners, and parish groups are invited to be in procession, especially the children who made their First Holy Communion. The Procession will come to a close at the main altar of church at which time we are invited to remain in prayer until the Eucharist is reposed into the Tabernacle at 10:45 (prior to the 11:00 AM Mass).



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