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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Where the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is not observed as a holy day, it is assigned to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

This solemnity is the Church’s official act of reverence and thanksgiving to Christ, who by instituting the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday, when he said, "Take it; this is my body," and "This is my blood," gave His Church her greatest treasure.

Formerly known as the Feast of Corpus Christi, this can be credited to Saint Juliana of Liege who had a series of visions in which she was instructed to establish a feast day to exalt the sacrament of the Eucharist. This feast was instituted by the Bishop of Liege who became Pope Urban IV in 1264. 

But we don't need to wait for one day a year to honor and worship God's true Body and Blood. Every time we come forward for Holy Communion, participate in the act of Spiritual Communion, or visit Him in Eucharistic Adoration, we make an act of faith in Christ's Real Presence in the Host.  

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