The Feast of Corpus Christi

The Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated by certain Anglo-Catholic parishes around the world, as well as Roman Catholic churches.

It became a feast in the Christian calendar due to the work of Juliana of Liège, a 13th century Norbertine canoness - she always longed for a feast day outside of Lent in honour of the Real Presence in the Eucharist.

While the institution of the Eucharist is celebrated on Maundy Thursday, the liturgy on that day also commemorates Christ's washing of the disciples' feet, the institution of the priesthood, and the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. So many other functions took place on this day that some felt the matter of the Eucharist was almost lost. It was for this reason that the Feast of Corpus Christi was established to create a feast focused solely on the Holy Eucharist.

 

9:30 Sung Eucharist (Book of Alternative Services rite)

Choral music by Matthew Larkin & William Byrd

 

11:00 am Procession and Solemn Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer rite)

Choral music by Louis Vierne & Olivier Messiaen

 

7:00 pm Solemn Eucharist & Devotions

Choral music by William Mathias, Gerald Finzi & Gerald Near