Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The way in which the feast of Corpus Christi came about, highlights the providential work of the Holy Spirit in the Church. In 1193, St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon, was born near Liège in Belgium. She became an Augustinian nun and eventually Superior of the order. From her youth she had a great veneration for the Blessed Sacrament, and always longed for a special feast in its honor. This desire increased when she had a vision of the Church under a full moon having one dark spot on it. The dark spot signified the absence of such a feast. She made known her ideas to among others, Jacques Pantaléon, at that time Archdeacon of Liège. Various bishops decided to observe such a feast locally in their dioceses, but it was not yet on the universal calendar of the whole church, until by God’s providence, Jaques Pantaleon, the same Archdeacon Julian confided in years earlier, was elected pope, taking the name Urban IV. It was he who designated the feast of Corpus Christi be celebrated universally. For our part here at Holy Spirit, please prayerfully reflect on what follows. It’s from

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9 of the Most Profound Quotes of the Church Fathers on the Eucharist

Is the Eucharist just a symbol? Or is Christ truly and mysteriously present? Well there’s no question where the early Church stood on the question: the Eucharist is Christ himself!

The faith of the Catholic Church has not changed. Yes, we Christians today can benefit from two millennia of theology and doctrinal development; yet the early Church Fathers had such profound insights into the mysteries of the faith. For any Christians who don’t believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, here’s a friendly challenge: As you read the quotes below, ask yourself if you agree with them. If not, realize that your beliefs put you out of line with the earliest Christians. For Christians who already believe in the real presence: let these quotes deepen your faith!

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