The Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Source: FSSPX News

After having glorified the Holy Trinity, the Catholic Church celebrates another dogma of divine faith: that of the Incarnation of the Son of God who became flesh and subsists in the sacrament par excellence, the Eucharist.

The prayer of the Mass magnifies the infinite glory which brings to God this august sacrament, which applies the fruits of the Redemption to souls, throughout time. It was on the Cross that Christ saved us, and the Eucharist, instituted the evening before his Passion, is a memorial of this.

The altar is an extension of Calvary, and the Mass announces the death of the Lord since Jesus is present in the state of victim as a result of the words of the double consecration. Indeed, by virtue of the words of the priest, the substance of the bread is changed to the Body of Christ and the substance of the wine is changed to the Blood of Christ. But under the species of bread is the whole Christ, just as under the species of wine is the whole Christ, because He can no longer die.

Mass is a true sacrifice and the most perfect act of divine worship, the center of all the worship of the Church towards the Eucharist.

Corpus Christi is a feast of obligation in the universal Church. It was in 1318 that Pope John XXII, following the revelations of a sister, St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon, asked that a Eucharistic procession be made on this day to publicly profess the Faith in the real presence of Christ. In places where civil provisions prevent such a celebration, the solemnity of Corpus Christi is postponed until the following Sunday.