Corpus Christi 2018: Thursday, May 31 (transferred to Sunday, June 3, Movable)
Corpus Christi ~ (19 days after Pentecost Sunday)
Transiturus~This was the very first papally sanctioned universal feast in the history of the Latin Rite
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Corpus Christi emphasizes the joy of the Eucharist being the body and blood of Jesus Christ
The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for "Body of Christ") is the Roman Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist—known as transubstantiation. Two months earlier, the Eucharist is observed on Holy Thursday in a somber atmosphere leading to Good Friday. Corpus Christi emphasizes the joy of the Eucharist being the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
The feast is liturgically celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday or, "where the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is not a holy day of obligation, it is assigned to the Sunday after the Most Holy Trinity as its proper day".
At the end of Holy Mass, there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, generally displayed in a monstrance. The procession is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A notable Eucharistic procession is that presided over by the Pope each year in Rome, where it begins at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and passes to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, where it concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The celebration of the feast was suppressed in Protestant churches during the Reformation, because they do not hold to the teachings of transubstantiation. Depending on the denomination, Protestant churches instead believe in differing views concerning the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, or that Christ is symbolically or metaphorically part of the eucharist. Today, most Protestant denominations do not recognize the feast. The Church of England abolished it in 1548 as the English Reformation progressed, but later reintroduced it.
Celebrations around the world:
Peru, Spain, Poland, Germany, Italy, England, France, Brazil, & Belgium all celebrate this day with flowers & parades
It's all about flowers, flowers, flower! So pretty!
The Feast of Corpus Christi or Corpus Domini, 60 days after Easter, is the biggest festival is in Rome.
History of the Feast of the Sacred Heart
The first feast of the Sacred Heart was celebrated on August 31, 1670, in Rennes, France, through the efforts of Fr. Jean Eudes (1602-1680).
From Rennes, the devotion spread, but it took the visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) for the devotion to become universal.
In all of these visions, in which Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary, the Sacred Heart of Jesus played a central role. The "great apparition," which took place on June 16, 1675, during the octave of the Feast of Corpus Christi, is the source of the modern Feast of the Sacred Heart. In that vision, Christ asked St. Margaret Mary to request that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be celebrated on the Friday after the octave (or eighth day) of the Feast of Corpus Christi, in reparation for the ingratitude of men for the sacrifice that Christ had made for them.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus represents not simply His physical heart but His love for all mankind.
The devotion became quite popular after St. Margaret Mary's death in 1690, but, because the Church initially had doubts about the validity of St. Margaret Mary's visions, it wasn't until 1765 that the feast was celebrated officially in France.
Almost 100 years later, in 1856, Pope Pius IX, at the request of the French bishops, extended the feast to the universal Church. It is celebrated on the day requested by our Lord-the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi, or 19 days after Pentecost Sunday.
The Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (as it is often called today), goes back to the 13th century, but it celebrates something far older: the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Last Supper. While Holy Thursday is also a celebration of this mystery, the solemn nature of Holy Week, and the focus on Christ's Passion on Good Friday, overshadows that aspect of Holy Thursday.
In 1246, Bishop Robert de Thorete of the Belgian diocese of Liège, at the suggestion of St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon (also in Belgium), convened a synod and instituted the celebration of the feast. From Liège, the celebration began to spread, and, on September 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the papal bull "Transiturus," which established the Feast of Corpus Christi as a universal feast of the Church, to be celebrated on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday.
At the request of Pope Urban IV, St. Thomas Aquinas composed the office (the official prayers of the Church) for the feast. This office is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the traditional Roman Breviary (the official prayer book of the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours), and it is the source of the famous Eucharistic hymns Pange Lingua Gloriosi and Tantum Ergo Sacramentum.
For centuries after the celebration was extended to the universal Church, the feast was also celebrated with a eucharistic procession, in which the Sacred Host was carried throughout the town, accompanied by hymns and litanies. The faithful would venerate the Body of Christ as the procession passed by. In recent years, this practice has almost disappeared, though some parishes still hold a brief procession around the outside of the parish church.
While the Feast of Corpus Christi is one of the ten Holy Days of Obligation in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, in some countries, including the United States, the feast has been transferred to the following Sunday.
Activity/Craft of the Day:
Maybe using thousands of flowers and petals are too expensive
but side walk chalk with the kids can hold the same concept but for way less money.
After speaking to our Priest he stated that the church members at our local church use colored sawdust.
That is just genius! Have fun and be colorful!!
A moist and deliciously tropical hummingbird cake covered in cream cheese frosting and topped with pineapple flowers! The below recipe is for making a cake but it can also be made into cupcakes!
For the Cake
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon all-spice, optional
½ teaspoon cardamom, optional
⅔ cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup sour cream
¾ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted!
8 oz crushed pineapple
2 bananas very ripe
For the Frosting
16 oz cream cheese, room temp
1 cup butter, room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ¾ lb powder sugar plus more if needed/desired.
For the Pineapple Flowers
For the Cake
1.Preheat the oven to 350 ºF. Cut parchment rounds for your pans and butter and flour the sides. You can make this cake with two eight inch pans or three six inch pans. If using the smaller pans, you will have enough extra batter for a few cupcakes.
2.Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and spices into a large bowl then whisk together and set aside.
3.Peel and mash your bananas in a small bowl.
4.Beat the sugars, oil, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla together in a large bowl.
5.Mix in the crushed pineapple, mashed bananas, and toasted pecan pieces into the wet mixture.
6.Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix together until combined and scrape the bowl down.
7.Divide the batter evenly into two buttered 8" pans lined with parchment paper. You can also make this recipe with 3 six inch pans. If doing so you may will have enough extra batter for a few cupcakes.
8.Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
9.Allow the layers to cool completely in the pan for about 5 minutes then invert onto a wire rack. Remove parchment paper and allow to cool completely.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
1.Cream the butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Scrape the bowl down then add the powder sugar a few cups at a time and mix until smooth.
For the Pineapple Flowers
1.Set oven to the lowest setting around 220F. Remove the skin from the pineapple. Using a sharp knife, cut very thin circular slices / pieces. (As thin as possible)
2.Pat each slice dry with paper towels and place on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
3.Bake For 30 minutes then flip slices and place back in oven. Bake until most of the water have evaporated and the slices have dehydrated and shrunken. You will notice the pineapple has darkened to an amazing golden color when they are ready.
4.Place each slice in a mini muffin tin and press the center down. Allow to dry/set overnight.
For the Assembly
1.Pipe a thick layer of the cream cheese frosting onto the first cooled layer, add the second then repeat the process until the cake is built. Because cream cheese frosting tends to be soft it's best to chill the cake for a bit so it stabilizes.
2.Cover the cake in cream cheese frosting then smooth the side and top.
3.Press the chopped toasted pecans onto the lower part of the side.
4.Apply the pineapple flowers to the top of the cake. You can pipe a mound of frosting on the cake first to give the flowers some play of height.
If you don't have those ultra ripe bananas hanging around the kitchen you can bake them on a sheet for 10 minutes at 350ºF. or until the peel darkens significantly. Allow to cool slightly then peel and mash.
You can substitute whole milk yogurt for the sour cream if desired, I do it all the time and can’t really tell the difference.
If your frosting is runny then add more powdered sugar a cup at a time until the consistency thickens up. You can also chill the frosting slightly so it firms up.