Corpus Christi in Australia
Many Christians in Australia, especially those of Roman Catholic faith, observe Corpus Christi to honor the Holy Eucharist. It is also known as the Feast of the Most Holy Body of Christ, as well as the Day of Wreaths.
What Do People Do?
Corpus Christi is mainly celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church but a few Anglican churches in Australia also observe this event. Many church choirs perform music dedicated to Corpus Christi during this time of the year. Some schools, particularly Catholic schools, and Sunday schools run by churches provide lessons for students to learn about the history and meaning of Corpus Christi.
Many Christians, especially those who belong to the Catholic denomination, receive Communion on this day. Some people, particularly children, receive their first Communion during Corpus Christi. This practice, also known as the Eucharist, involves people accepting consecrated bread and wine (or grape juice), which according to Christian faith are Jesus Christ’s body and blood.
Some churches have Corpus Christi processions and social gatherings after a church service. Thousands of people have participated in some of these processions in cities such as Sydney in recent times. Special guests are often invited to attend these processions, which usually feature music from choirs and bands. Corpus Christi usually falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday although some churches may celebrate it on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
Corpus Christi is not a public holiday in Australia so most aspects of public life do not differ to any other day.
Corpus Christi is a festival that has been celebrated by many Christians, particularly the Catholic Church, in honor of the Eucharist since 1246. The name “Corpus Christi” is a Latin phrase that refers to the body of Christ. This event commemorates the Last Supper on the day before Jesus’ crucifixion, as described in the Bible. Corpus Christi is primarily celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church but it is also included in the calendar of some Anglican churches.
Symbols that portray the event may include: an image of a host (consecrated bread) and chalice to depict the Holy Eucharist; an altar; and a ciborium, which is a chalice-like container used to store consecrated hosts of the sacrament of Eucharist, or the Holy Communion.
About Corpus Christi in other countriesRead more about Corpus Christi.
Corpus Christi Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Thu||Jun 3||2010||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 23||2011||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 7||2012||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||May 30||2013||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 19||2014||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 4||2015||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||May 26||2016||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 15||2017||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||May 31||2018||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 20||2019||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 11||2020||Corpus Christi||Christian|
Quick FactsCorpus Christi is a Christian observance that honors the Holy Eucharist.
Corpus Christi 2016Thursday, May 26, 2016
Corpus Christi 2017Thursday, June 15, 2017
Name in other languages
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- Yom HaAtzmaut – Tuesday, May 2, 2017
- Lag B'Omer – Sunday, May 14, 2017
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 25, 2017
- National Sorry Day – Friday, May 26, 2017
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