Corpus Christi in the United States
Many Christians in the United States, particularly those of the 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?
In commemoration of the Last Supper on the day before Jesus’ crucifixion many people, especially those who belong to the Catholic denomination, receive Communion on this day. It is celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday in some parts of the United States, although the day falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday in other places.
Some people, particularly children, may celebrate their first Communion on this day. This practice, also known as Eucharist, is observed throughout the life of a Christian and is a time of worship when people believe they come together as one body to remember and celebrate the life and works of Jesus Christ. It involves the acceptance of bread and wine in memory of the body and blood of Christ.
Corpus Christi is not a federal holiday in the United States.
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.
The city of Corpus Christi, in Texas, was named after the day. In 1519, on the day of Corpus Christi, Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda discovered a lush semi-tropical bay on what is now the southern coast of Texas. The bay, and the city that later grew in that area, took the name of the feast day.
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 observed in honor of the Holy Eucharist.
Corpus Christi 2016Thursday, May 26, 2016
Corpus Christi 2017Thursday, June 15, 2017
Name in other languages
|חג הלחם והיין הקדושים||Hebrew|
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- Orthodox Easter – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, May 2, 2016
- Primary Election Day Indiana – Tuesday, May 3, 2016
- Yom HaShoah – Wednesday, May 4, 2016
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 5, 2016
- National Nurses Day – Friday, May 6, 2016
- National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day – Saturday, May 7, 2016
- Mother's Day – Sunday, May 8, 2016
- Truman Day – Monday, May 9, 2016
- State Holiday – Tuesday, May 10, 2016
- Yom Ha'atzmaut – Thursday, May 12, 2016
- Pentecost – Sunday, May 15, 2016
- Whit Monday – Monday, May 16, 2016
- National Defense Transportation Day – Friday, May 20, 2016
- Armed Forces Day – Saturday, May 21, 2016
- Trinity Sunday – Sunday, May 22, 2016
- Emergency Medical Services for Children Day – Wednesday, May 25, 2016
- Lag BaOmer – Thursday, May 26, 2016
- Memorial Day – Monday, May 30, 2016