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Solemnity of Corpus Christi June 2

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the midthirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast.
 
This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus' suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist.
 
At every Mass our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church.
 
The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the service of others.
In the Diocese of Grand Rapids, you are welcome to take part in a public procession starting at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 2 at Ss. Peter & Paul Church (520 Myrtle St. NW, Grand Rapids), which will process to the Basilica of St. Adalbert, St. James Church, St. Michael Ukranian Catholic Church, then to St. Mary Church. Scripture and benediction are planned at each location.
 
Another procession starts at 1:00 p.m. at St. Isidore Church (628 Diamond Ave. NE, Grand Rapids) and will process to St. Mary Church.
 
~From Catholic News Agency~
 
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