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Corpus Christi in United Kingdom

Quick Facts

Corpus Christi is a Christian observance that honors the Holy Eucharist.

Name

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Corpus Christi 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015
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Many Christians in the United Kingdom, 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.

Communion wafers are usually offered at a church service during Corpus Christi.

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What do people do?

Corpus Christi is mainly celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church, but it is also observed in a few Anglican churches in the United Kingdom. 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.

The town of Arundel, in south-east England, has celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi for more than a century. Celebrations include a festival of flowers, which features a carpet of flowers in the Cathedral’s central aisle. The flowers are usually open to the public. The festival also includes a mass and a Blessed Sacrament procession from the cathedral to the town’s castle.

Public life

Corpus Christi is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.

Background

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.

According to some sources, Corpus Christi was celebrated in England from 1318 onwards, while others say that it was introduced in England from Belgium between 1320 and 1325. Special Corpus Christi plays and pageants were customary in England prior to 1547. Corpus Christi guilds often staged these events. Such traditions have been revived in Oxford. 

Symbols

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.

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Corpus Christi Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
ThuJun 141990Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuMay 301991Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 181992Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 101993Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 21994Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 151995Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 61996Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuMay 291997Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 111998Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 31999Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 222000Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 142001Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuMay 302002Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 192003Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 102004Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuMay 262005Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 152006Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 72007Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuMay 222008Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 112009Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 32010Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 232011Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 72012Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuMay 302013Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 192014Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 42015Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuMay 262016Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 152017Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuMay 312018Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 202019Corpus ChristiChristian 
ThuJun 112020Corpus ChristiChristian 

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