Corpus Christi in Germany in 2021

  How long until Corpus Christi?
This holiday next takes place in 247 days.
  Dates of Corpus Christi in Germany
2022 Jun 16
Baden-WürttembergThu, Jun 16Regional Holiday
BavariaThu, Jun 16Regional Holiday
HesseThu, Jun 16Regional Holiday
North Rhine-WestphaliaThu, Jun 16Regional Holiday
Rhineland-PalatinateThu, Jun 16Regional Holiday
SaarlandThu, Jun 16Regional Holiday
2021 Jun 3
Baden-WürttembergThu, Jun 3Regional Holiday
BavariaThu, Jun 3Regional Holiday
HesseThu, Jun 3Regional Holiday
North Rhine-WestphaliaThu, Jun 3Regional Holiday
Rhineland-PalatinateThu, Jun 3Regional Holiday
SaarlandThu, Jun 3Regional Holiday
2020 Jun 11
Baden-WürttembergThu, Jun 11Regional Holiday
BavariaThu, Jun 11Regional Holiday
HesseThu, Jun 11Regional Holiday
North Rhine-WestphaliaThu, Jun 11Regional Holiday
Rhineland-PalatinateThu, Jun 11Regional Holiday
SaarlandThu, Jun 11Regional Holiday
2019 Jun 20
Baden-WürttembergThu, Jun 20Regional Holiday
BavariaThu, Jun 20Regional Holiday
HesseThu, Jun 20Regional Holiday
North Rhine-WestphaliaThu, Jun 20Regional Holiday
Rhineland-PalatinateThu, Jun 20Regional Holiday
SaarlandThu, Jun 20Regional Holiday
2018 May 31
Baden-WürttembergThu, May 31Regional Holiday
BavariaThu, May 31Regional Holiday
HesseThu, May 31Regional Holiday
North Rhine-WestphaliaThu, May 31Regional Holiday
Rhineland-PalatinateThu, May 31Regional Holiday
SaarlandThu, May 31Regional Holiday
The Feast of Corpus Christi is a Catholic festival celebrated on the second Thursday after Whitsun
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  Baden-WürttembergJun 3Regional Holiday
  BavariaJun 3Regional Holiday
  HesseJun 3Regional Holiday
  North Rhine-WestphaliaJun 3Regional Holiday
  Rhineland-PalatinateJun 3Regional Holiday
  SaarlandJun 3Regional Holiday

Corpus Christi in Germany

In Germany, this is a regional holiday in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North-Rhine Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony and Thuringia.

When is Corpus Christi?

The Feast of Corpus Christi ("Fronleichnam" in German) is a Catholic festival celebrated on the second Thursday after Whitsun.

Corpus Christi means the Body of Christ and refers to the elements of the Eucharist also called the Holy Communion, Last Supper or Lord's Supper.

In the Church of England, this day is called 'Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion'.

History of Corpus Christi

The emergence of Corpus Christi as a Christian feast didn't happen until the second half of the thirteenth century with the efforts of a nun called Juliana of Liège.

Since childhood, Juliana had been claiming that God had been telling her that there should be a feast day for the Eucharist and eventually she petitioned the Bishop of Liège. In those days bishops could order feasts in their local dioceses. The bishop agreed to the feast and convened a synod in 1246 and ordered that a celebration of Corpus Christi should be held annually.

The Corpus Christi celebration only started to become more widespread after both Juliana and the Bishop had died. In 1264 Pope Urban IV issued the papal bull Transiturus in which Corpus Christi was made a feast throughout the entire Latin Rite.

Corpus Christi is primarily a Roman Catholic feast, but it is also acknowledged in the calendar of a few Anglican churches, most notably the Church of England. It is also celebrated by some Western Rite Orthodox Christians. Across many parts of medieval Europe, Corpus Christi was a popular time for the performance of mystery plays.

Along with Lent, Advent, Easter, Pentecost and Christmas, Roman Catholic Bishops have a duty to be present at their cathedrals on Corpus Christi.

In Valencia, Spain, Corpus Christi is one of the major festivals. It was first celebrated in 1335 and continuously since 1372. Rich in symbolism and representations about the mystery of life, harking back to the mystery plays of the middle ages, the festival takes place on the streets of Valencia on the eighth Sunday after Easter Sunday.

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