Monday, June 11, 2012

The Feast of Corpus Christi, 10th June 2012


Corpus Christi: The Body and Blood of Christ

Dedicated by the Marian Catechists to Father John A. Hardon, S.J.
Compiled and Written by Michael and Carole Breslin

Credits to Claire Marie for sharing the article in the CUS FB Group.

"The feast of Corpus Christi is one time when our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed not just to faithful Catholics but to all the world. This is a time when Catholics can show their love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way. It is also a wonderful way in which we can show our love for our neighbors by bringing Our Lord and Savior closer to them. So many conversions are a result of Eucharistic Adoration experienced from inside the Church. How many more there would be if we could reach those who only drive by the church in worldly pursuits. For an example of outdoor exhibits see the following Corpus Christi procession picture and the other pictures included in this article."

On the 10th of June 2012, the celebration of Corpus Christi was held at the Assumption Church, Penang. It was my first time attending such event, to be honest. Hence, attending the event was a wonderful experience for me.

About the Feast

The full name of this feast is Corpus et Sanguis Christi or The Body and Blood of Christ. The suggestion of such feast was made by St. Juliana of Mont Carvillon. She suggested the idea of the feast based on her desire to honor the Blessed Sacrament. The idea was then established by Bishop Robert de Thorte of Liege in 1246.

Annually, 50 days after Easter is the celebration of Pentecost, the great festival that marks the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then, on the first Sunday after Pentecost marks the celebration of Trinity Sunday, which is the day we remember and honor the eternal God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The celebration of Corpus Christi is then held on the next first Sunday after Trinity Sunday, usually in the month of June.

This year, Corpus Christi was held on the 10th of June.

After the last Mass on this feast day, Our Lord is placed in the monstrance. The priest then carries Him to four different altars representing the four corners of the earth. While processing, the congregation follows and sings. At each altar there are readings, prayers, and benediction.

To find out more about Corpus Christi, you can Google it out. The best site to know about this feast would be the site that Claire had shared out. To be honest, I also don't know much about this, so the site helps a lot. Thanks, Claire!

Not many of us had attended the event since many of us have exam papers to sit on the following day. But here are some pictures to share out the surroundings along our walk of Corpus Christi.

The walk starts at Assumption Church.

Look at the crowds. Fuh!

With me are Star, Kevin, Cath and Flora.

Senyuman menawan... :)

Walking with candles on...

We own the street! :D

Till dark we walk!

...and arrive at the destination.

The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.

After the long walk, time to queue up for buffet. XD

...but look at the long line!

Well, at least the food is quite nice... Made us full! ;)


...writing this post made me learn more about Church events. I admit I know quite less about em all.... and I'm quite glad that I'd finally knew, at least something. Will continue to learn more.