A year ago this August, the Pew Research Center published shocking resuslts from a survey of Catholics stating that only one third believe that “during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus.”
This is a bleak outlook on what the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (CCC 1324)
Fortunately, a survey by The Catholic Leadership Institute of 131,845 Catholics around the nation (compared to Pew’s 1,835 Catholics surveyed in a total sample population of 10,971) found that 72% of the DMI respondents strongly agreed with the statement “I personally believe the Eucharist really is the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” Another nineteen percent agreed with that statement. That’s almost 120,000 Catholics claiming they do agree with what the Church teaches (compared to the 569 respondents highlighted in the PEW headline).
We may not truly know the percentage of Catholics who view the Eucharist as a mere symbol, but given the fact that transubstantiation is fundamental to our Catholic faith, shouldn’t it be surprising for even a single Catholic to not believe in the True Presence?
All the more reason for us to celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, aka the Feast of Corpus Christi. This year our celebration will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Genuflect takes a closer look at the Feast of Corpus Christi, the fascinating history of its origin, how it’s celebrated, FAQs about the True Presence, Eucharistic Miracles, what some great Saints said about the True Presence, and a Novena.
The Catholic Church has celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi for more than 700 years, but since all Catholics don’t believe in it, it’s a celebration particularly relevant for the 21st century … and well worthy of our focus.
You all are in my prayers. Stay safe!
Founding Editor, Genuflect
P.S. Sunday we celebrate the The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, which we covered in last week’s issue of Genuflect. You’ll find it here if you missed it.
History of The Feast of Corpus Christi
We celebrate numerous feasts in the Catholic Church. Did you know that this one was the result of a young Catholic nun’s repeated visions and message from God? Here’s the fascinating history of the Feast of Corpus Christi and proof that it really does help to have friends in high places.
Catholic Activity: History of The Feast of Corpus Christi | Catholic Culture
TL;DR The Feast of Corpus Christi
Why do we need a special feast for the Body and Blood of Christ when we celebrate it at every Mass? Here are a few facts about this Holy Day … from when it was created, a brief history, and what is celebrated to how it’s celebrated.
All About The Feast of Corpus Christi | Busted Halo
The Real Presence
We believe that Jesus Chris is present in the Eucharist, but it is a mystery that can be a little confusing. Here’s a helpful FAQ from the US Bishops that addresses all your questions.
The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of The Eucharist: Basic Questions And Answers | US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Guide to Celebrating The Feast
The Feast of Corpus Christi celebrates the True Presence in the Eucharist. Churches are encouraged to hold Eucharistic processions as an outward public display that not only serves to demonstrate our devotion, but may also draw others into the faith. Here’s the complete guide on how to organize a solemn celebratory procession.
The Complete Guide For Celebrating The Feast of Corpus Christi | Aquinas And More
Celebrating in Your Family
The Feast of Corpus Christi is a Holy Day we celebrate at Mass. Here are 5 ways to make the Feast come alive for your family.
We experience the True Presence of the Body of Jesus Christ in the form of bread. But occasionally, the Lord reveals its true form. In fact, the church has approved more than 100 Eucharistic miracles. Here are examples of five fascinating ways these miracles have been manifested throughout history.
Eucharistic Miracles: Evidence of The Real Presence | Catholic Answers
How Eucharistic Miracles Are Approved
The process to investigate the validity of a Eucharistic miracle is rigorous. Not all claims pass the test. This process to investigate claims is the same one used by Bishop Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) in Buenos Aires for a Eucharistic Miracle that was ratified as authentic.
Saints Words About The True Presence
As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, it’s inspiring to hear firsthand from the words of Saints how they felt about the True Presence of the Body and Blood of Christ. Here’s what 18 Saints and 1 well-known Catholc had to say on the matter.
Latin Words to Know
The Catholic Church goes back more than 2000 years. And though it’s not used much today, Latin has long enjoyed a rich heritage in the church. Here are 20 Latin phrases you should know, including Corpus Christi, of course.
Begin the Corpus Christi Novena Friday
Leading up to the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, pray the Corpus Christi Novena. Begin this Friday, June 5, ending on the Saturday before the feast day. You’ll find each day’s prayer here.
Corpus Christi Novena | Pray More Novenas
The Anima Christi Prayer
Pray this beautiful prayer before or after receiving the Holy Eucharist. There’s also a free phone background of the prayer available to download. Check it out here.
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