Corpus Christi in Canada
Many Christians in Canada, especially those of Roman Catholic faith, observe Corpus Christi in honor of 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 it is included in a few Anglican churches in Canada. Some choirs perform music dedicated to Corpus Christi during this time of the year. Some schools, particularly Catholic schools, and Sunday schools run by churches may have lessons and learning activities that teach students about the history and meaning of Corpus Christi. Some churches have Corpus Christi processions and social gatherings after a church service.
Many Christians, particularly 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. 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 statutory public holiday in Canada.
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 14||1990||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||May 30||1991||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 18||1992||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 10||1993||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 2||1994||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 15||1995||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 6||1996||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||May 29||1997||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 11||1998||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 3||1999||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 22||2000||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 14||2001||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||May 30||2002||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 19||2003||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 10||2004||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||May 26||2005||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 15||2006||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 7||2007||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||May 22||2008||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 11||2009||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|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 2015Thursday, June 4, 2015
Corpus Christi 2016Thursday, May 26, 2016
Name in other languages
Other holidays in June 2015 in Canada
- Ramadan begins – Thursday, June 18, 2015
- Father's Day – Sunday, June 21, 2015
- Discovery Day – Monday, June 22, 2015
- St. Jean Baptiste Day – Wednesday, June 24, 2015