Corpus Christi 2019

Parish Bulletin

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, historically known by its Latin name, Corpus Christi, celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. It is traditionally celebrated on the Thursday following the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity. The feast dates to the Middle Ages and originated with a visionary nun and a Eucharistic miracle.


In 1263 a German priest, Fr. Peter of Prague, made a pilgrimage to Rome. He stopped in Bolsena, Italy, to celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Christina. At the time he was having doubts about Jesus being truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. He was affected by the growing debate among certain theologians who, for the first time in the history of the Church, began introducing doubts about the Body and Blood of Christ being actually present in the consecrated bread and wine. In response to his doubt, when he recited the prayer of consecration as he celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, blood started seeping from the consecrated host and onto the altar and corporal.

The Corpus Christi relics in the Cathedral of Orvieto

Fr. Peter reported this miracle to Pope Urban IV, who at the time was nearby in Orvieto. The pope sent delegates to investigate and ordered that host and blood-stained corporal be brought to Orvieto. The relics were then placed in the Cathedral of Orvieto, where they remain today.

This Eucharistic Miracle confirmed the visions given to St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon in Belgium (1193-1258). St. Juliana was a nun and mystic who had a series of visions in which she was instructed by Our Lord to work to establish a liturgical feast for the Holy Eucharist, to which she had a great devotion.

After many years of trying, she finally convinced the bishop, the future Pope Urban IV, to create this special feast in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, where none had existed before. Soon after her death, Pope Urban instituted Corpus Christi for the Universal Church and celebrated it for the first time in Orvieto in 1264, a year after the Eucharistic Miracle in Bolsena.

Inspired by the miracle, Pope Urban commissioned a Dominican friar, St. Thomas Aquinas, to compose the Mass and Office for the feast of Corpus Christi. Aquinas’ hymns in honor of the Holy Eucharist, Pange LinguaTantum ErgoPanis Angelicus, and O Salutaris Hostia are the beloved hymns the Church sings on the feast of Corpus Christi as well as throughout the year during Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The Angelus

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Daily Mass Readings

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If this is successful, we may be able to send out the readings every day to your phone!

Mass Readings

June 2019

 Sun the 23rd:Psalter IV, Ordinary Time Week 12. 
Vigil of Solemnity of Birth of John the Baptist. 
Zech 12:10-11, 13:1 Ps 63:2-9Gal 3:26-29John 10:27Luke 9:18-24
Vigil Readings: Jer 1:4-10Ps 71:1-171 Pet 1:8-12Luke 1:5-17
Glorious mysteries
 Mon the 24th:   Solemnity of Birth of John the Baptist. 
Isa 49:1-6Ps 139:1-15Acts 13:22-26Luke 1:57-80
Joyful mysteries
 Tue the 25th:Gen 13:2-18Ps 15:1-5John 8:12Matt 7:6-14 
Sorrowful mysteries
 Wed the 26th:Gen 15:1-18Ps 105:1-9John 15:4-5Matt 7:15-20 
Glorious mysteries
 Thu the 27th:   Optional memorial of Cyril of Alexandra, bishop and doctor
Vigil of Solemnity of Sacred Heart. 
Gen 16:1-16Ps 106:1-5John 14:23Matt 7:21-29
Luminous mysteries
 Fri the 28th:   Solemnity of Sacred Heart. 
   Memorial of Irenaeus, bishop and martyr
Vigil of Solemnity of Peter and Paul, apostles. 
Sacred Heart Readings: Ezek 34:11-16Ps 23:1-6Rom 5:5-11Luke 15:3-7
Gen 17:1-22Ps 128:1-5Matt 8:17Matt 8:1-4
Vigil Readings: Acts 3:1-10Ps 19:1-5Gal 1:11-20John 21:15-19
Sorrowful mysteries
 Sat the 29th:   Optional memorial of Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
   Solemnity of Peter and Paul, apostles. 
Acts 12:1-11Ps 34:1-92 Tim 4:6-18Matt 16:13-19
Joyful mysteries


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