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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Thursday, The Octave Day Of Corpus Christi.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Thursday, the Octave Day of Corpus Christi.

      Privileged Octave Day.

Same Indulgence as on
      The Feast of Corpus Christi.

White Vestments.


To resist the attacks of renewed Heresies against The Holy Eucharist, and to revive in The Church a zeal which had somewhat grown cold,, The Holy Ghost inspired, at the beginning of the 13th-Century, The Solemnity of Corpus Christi.

In 1208, The Blesses Juliana of Mount Cornillon, near Liége, Belgium, saw in a Vision the Full Moon with an indentation, indicating that a Feast was missing in The Liturgical Cycle. The Eucharist, instituted on Maundy Thursday, had not, in effect, been Celebrated with all the desired pomp, The Church's thoughts being absorbed by The Passion of The Saviour.

It was thought that immediately after Paschaltide, a Feast, with an Octave, should be established. As The Last Supper took place on a Thursday, the Bishop of Liége instituted, in 1246, this Solemnity in his Diocese on the Thursday which follows the Octave of Pentecost. In 1264, Pope Urban IV extended this Feast to the whole World. Let us Venerate the Eucharist, the greatest of the Miracles performed by The Holy Ghost.

["The Eucharistic prodigy, a prolongation of The Incarnation, is justly attributed to the Power of Him, through Whose Mysterious Operation The Virgin Mary became Mother of God. Hence, particularly in The Greek Liturgy, the Invocation to The Holy Ghost among the Prayers of The Canon, hence the gesture of the Deacon waving above The Sacred Elements a light disc, symbolical of The Divine Dove covering the Mystery under its wings." (Dom Laurence Janssens, O.S.B.) The Mystery of The Eucharist, alone, says Saint Thomas Aquinas, supposes twelve Miracles.]

Mass: As on The Day of The Feast.

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