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Corpus Christi

The Thursday after Trinity, 10 days after Pentecost is known in the church as Corpus Christi. A 13c Belgian nun named Juliana had a recurring dream of a brilliant full moon coming down to earth but with a black spot. Christ interpreted it for her in that the moon represented the calendar year of the church with all of its wonderful festivals, but the black spot showed that there was something missing, an occasion to remember the institution by Christ of the Lord's Supper, Holy Communion or Eucharist. As fortune would have it, her friend the Bishop of Liege believed her vision and he subsequently became Pope Urban 4. Therefore in 1264 the feast of Corpus Christi was first celebrated with hymns and prayers written by Thomas Aquinas.

 

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