Corpus Christi in Saint Lucia in 2019

  How long until Corpus Christi?
This holiday is today!
  Dates of Corpus Christi in Saint Lucia
2021Saint Lucia Thu, Jun 3National Holiday
2020Saint Lucia Thu, Jun 11National Holiday
2019Saint Lucia Thu, Jun 20National Holiday
2018Saint Lucia Thu, May 31National Holiday
2017Saint Lucia Thu, Jun 15National Holiday
  Summary
The Feast of Corpus Christi is a Catholic festival celebrated on the second Thursday after Whitsun
  Corpus Christi in other countries
Corpus Christi internationally

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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