The Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (as it is often called today), goes back to the 13th century, but it celebrates something far older: the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Last Supper. While Holy Thursday is also a celebration of this mystery, the solemn nature of Holy Week, and the focus on Christ's Passion on Good Friday, overshadows that aspect of Holy Thursday.
Thus, in 1246, Bishop Robert de Thorete of the Belgina diocese of Liège, at the suggestion of St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon (also in Belgium), convened a synod and instituted the celebration of the feast. From Liège, the celebration began to spread, and, on September 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the papal bull Transiturus, which established the Feast of Corpus Christi as a universal feast of the Church, to be celebrated on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday.
At the request of Pope Urban IV, St. Thomas Aquinas composed the office (the official prayers of the Church) for the feast. This office is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the traditional Roman Breviary (the official prayer book of the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours), and it is the source of the famous Eucharistic hymns Pange Lingua Gloriosi and Tantum Ergo Sacramentum.
For centuries after the celebration was extended to the universal Church, the feast was also celebrated with a eucharistic procession, in which the Sacred Host was carried throughout the town, accompanied by hymns and litanies. The faithful would venerate the Body of Christ as the procession passed by. In recent years, this practice has almost disappeared, though some parishes still hold a brief procession around the outside of the parish church. -Scott P. Richert
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We went to the Connecticut State Capitol yesterday to get the scoop on the efforts to protect religious freedom in the face of the impending vote on the same-sex 'marriage' bill and Peter Wolfgang of the Family Institute of CT (FIC) generously gave the Roving Reporter and interview. As predicted, the bill passed the Senate and the House but not before having some important amendments attached that at least partially protect foundational liberties thanks to the action of FIC, the Knights of Columbus, the National Organization for Marriage and the 20,000 Connecticut citizens who called their legislators. The Hartford Currant has a full story of some of the secular points but as Peter Wolfgang points out in one of the FIC's emails: Make no mistake: The amendment is not perfect and SB 899 itself is the result of an illegitimate court ruling, not the will of the people. ... An FIC-supported amendment to require parents be notified before gay-friendly curricula are taught in schools and be allowed to opt out was defeated in the Senate and the House. Watch for more information on that vote and what you can do about it. Well, most of the points that FIC and friends pushed for were added to the amendment which had been rejected by the Judiciary Committee a few weeks earlier. A good day for liberty. Deo Gratias!
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Peter Wolfgang had an extremely hectic day on 12th March, 2009
He spent most of the day at the CT Capitol heavily involved with the fight against the SB1098 Bill, and then Friar Roderic, our Roving Reporter, caught up with him for the second time on this day after he had just finished debating Jillian Gilchrist, the Exective Director of NARAL CT.
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In the first episode of this series, Dr. Miravalle discusses the role and importance of St. Joseph in the Triumpth of the Immaculate Heart. To ask questions regarding Mary, email Dr Mark Miravalle: marycastairmaria.com
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In this last episode of a six-part series by Dr. Miravalle on the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima (1917), Dr. Miravalle discusses how Our Lady revealed her desire for a 5th Marian dogma to the three shepherd children of Fatima, Portugal.
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With the doctrine of faith alone there is danger of a need to experience a felt assurance of salvation. This need leads to errors of presumption.
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Though Queen of Scotland, Margaret governed the life of her soul with great care... Ave Maria!
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Have an attitude of mercy toward your brother. Judge not...know the tree by it's fruit...there is a time to judge and a time not to judge... Ave Maria!
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God is charity, and we are called to imitate this charity. Live and let live is a false charity, we must have true charity for everyone. Ave Maria!
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A homily by Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in La Crosse Wisconsin.
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Fr. Ignatius preaches on the Holy Trinity, how it is an intimate revelation of the holiness of God to His beloved ones and lets us know more about Him and so love Him all the more and how Our Lady gives us a perfect example of this loving knowledge.
While we were at the Connecticut State Capitol to cover the vote on gay 'marriage' and the related religious liberty issues, we ran into Fr. Doug Mosey the rector of Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT and several of his seminarians. They were there in force to support the adding of conscientious objection clauses in the bill for religious organizations and in support of religious liberty for all Americans. In the interview he gives a fascinating account of Holy Apostles and the people who attend.
A homily by Fr. Peter Fehlner from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
The beautiful inside of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
...but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had... Ave Maria!
At this Mass for the 1st Friday Sacred Heart Devotion for the local homeschoolers Fr. Ignatius emphasizes the Gospel message of forgiveness in the sacrament of confession and how Our Lady helps us to persevere in grace.
St. Boniface is known as the Apostle of the Germans who gave his life for them in martyrdom that they may turn from there beliefs to the One True Faith. Ave Maria!