Catholics today celebrate the feast of the Corpus Christi, or the full name, the Feast of the Blessed Body and the Blood of Christ. This holiday is celebrated on Thursday, after the Holy Trinity celebration. About the significance of this great feast, its establishment as a holiday, as well as the custom that binds to it, we talked with theologian and editor of Radio Marija, Stjepan Fridl.
What do we celebrate on the feast of the Corpus, what do we remember?
Corpus Christi is a feast celebrated by the Church after the feast of the Holy Trinity, and its history dates back to the Great Thursday of the Last Supper when Jesus established two sacraments - the Priesthood Order and the Eucharist. He took the symbol without which man can not, it is bread every day, and said, "Take and eat of all this, that is my body." Then he took a glass of wine and spoke - "Take and drink from this all, this is my blood." And then he said, "Do this to me for a memorial," and ordained the first priests who will transmit and be those who will make this great secret in life.
So, Corpus Christus derives from the desire of Jesus Christ to be permanently present among us?
We must immediately say that by reason we will never be able to come to the realization of how and what is happening, we use different words, both philosophical and theological, but it is the intention of Christ to be permanently present among us and took bread as reality which we share among ourselves, which is the bread of our daily life, and he wanted to enter so that he would be permanently present among us. When we are talking about persistent presence in the West Church, Protestants, it's just a memorial act, for Christians this means every time a mass of conversion is happening - Jesus is really present among us as when he did it on the Last Supper just before the Great Friday. However, apart from that mention on Great Friday, somewhere in 13. century is the feast of Corpus Christi. Namely, the puk of God wanted to point out that in this white wedding Jesus was really present and they themselves asked the priests to raise the Mass in the Mass, and to truly mention in these prayers and presence that God is present among us.
When does Cornijo begin to celebrate as a feast?
The body began to celebrate somewhere around 13. century, but already in 5. century sought to become a feast, but in 13. century was established as a feast that was already mentioned in the present feast, to affirm the great act that took place on Great Thursday for Jesus' life just before his death and death.
How is this holiday celebrated, what are the customs?
The body is celebrated in processions. The people of God just want it. It is not the official Church that has been pointed out, but it is the inspiration of the ordinary man of God who wishes to point out the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, in the body and blood of Jesus, and therefore today, in the earlier times when it was allowed, and now that we have our own state, the processions are held wherever possible, the Eucharistic songs are chanted, as a sign that our God is permanently present in the Eucharist. These are the beautiful processions - the whitewashed child throws the flowers petals on the road where Jesus passes as one of the remarks as he was at the flowering tree when Jesus came to Jerusalem, and here he wants to say - Jerusalem is behind us, sorrow and death are over, Jesus is now permanently present among us, and the most beautiful we have in our hearts, flowers, we put as a great gift of gratitude on the way Jesus goes through.