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There is so much beauty in keeping up with the holy tradition of celebrating the feast day of Corpus Christi in the Catholic home.
It is an ongoing mission of mine to ensure that I’m creating a Domestic Church for my family and that we are following along with the Liturgical season in our home.
Today I want to share a roundup of ideas for celebrating Corpus Christi in the Catholic home. But first, how about a little history.
What is Corpus Christi?
The following text is taken from Fish Eaters.
“The Feast of Corpus Christi — which is always on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday — has an interesting history. Its inspiration is due to two things: the first is the Miracle of Bolsena, which happened in A.D. 1263.
Peter of Prague, a German priest, during a pilgrimage to Rome, stopped at the Church of St. Christina there to offer Mass.
While he was a holy and devout man, he harbored doubts about the Real Presence — doubts which were completely resolved when the Host he consecrated during that Mass began to bleed.
He rushed to meet Pope Urban IV in Orvieto, bringing the Host with him. The miracle was declared, and the Host is still on display at the Cathedral of Orvieto today.
The second source of inspiration was an Augustinian nun, a Belgian named St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon (A.D. 1193-1258). She had a vision of the Moon that was full and beautiful, but marked by a black spot that signified that there was no joyous celebration of the Eucharist in the entire Church calendar.
In response to both of the above, Pope Urban IV eventually published a Bull, Transiturus, in A.D. 1264, which made this Feast a part of the calendar. “
How To Celebrate Corpus Christi with Children
Typically, there are Eucharistic Processions in parishes throughout the world to honor Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
But what can we do at home, especially with young children to bring some of this tradition to our families?
Here’s are a few ideas to help you get started:
Another idea that I hope to add to our family traditions once my children are a little older, is to create a special Corpus Christi altar in our home.
It really is about the little things we can do to keep these traditions alive.
What traditions does your family celebrate in your Domestic Church?