The Solemnity of Corpus Christi/Boże Ciało/The Body of Christ
The Solemnity will be observed on its feast day, Thursday, June 11th. At 7pm in the evening, a eucharistic procession shall be conducted signifying the presence of the Body of Christ in all the four corners of the world. A homily and the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament conclude the liturgy for this day. Please take some time to adore and worship Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on this special feast day.
Just a word about this liturgy to be conducted this coming week: The Church realized around the eighth century that a proper observance of the Lord’s presence to us in the Sacred mystery of the Bread of the Altar needed to be developed.
You remember that the observance of the truth of the Holy Eucharist comes during the Paschal Triduum (Maundy Thursday) in a solemn time in the liturgical year. A separate celebration noting the presence of the Body of Christ around the world (hence, the four altars) was developed and began to be practiced widely around the ninth century. The Thursday following Trinity Sunday was chosen as a celebration properly placed after the close of the Easter season.
The four altars will be placed in each corner of our parish church and processed to each in a simple procession. Special Gospel readings are assigned at each altar. The litany of the Blessed Sacrament is an ancient prayer of the Church.