Thursday, June 20, 2019

Resources for Corpus Christi

Jean Bourdichon, Angels Holding the Host for Adoration
From Heures de Frédéric d'Aragon
French (Tours), c. 1501-1504
Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France
MS Latin 10532, fol. 302 

The feast of Corpus Christi or Corpus Domini or The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is a special feast day of the Church.  It occurs on either the Thursday after Trinity Sunday (in many countries) or on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday (in the United States).  It focuses our attention on the mystery of the Eucharist, in which the bread and wine that we offer are transformed into the true Body and Blood of Christ.

It was officially recognized by the Church in 1264 by Pope Urban IV, who asked St. Thomas Aquinas to compose the liturgical prayers for the feast.  Thomas responded with some of the most beautiful prayers and hymns in the history of the Church.  Artists also developed a complex and fascinating repertoire of images which celebrate the same mystery.  In past essays I have described many of the ways in which artists have responded.  Here is a series of links which you can use to access this material.

List of Posts Related to the Feast of Corpus Christi

Original Date of Publication

June 18, 2017

June 18, 2017
June 26, 2011
May 25, 2008

Posts Reviewing the 2013 Exhibition Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art 
at the Morgan Library, New York

Original Date of Publication

May 29, 2013

May 30, 2013

May 31, 2013

June 4, 2013

June 5, 2013

June 12, 2013

Posts Examining the Related Iconography of the Manna in the Desert, an Old Testament Prefiguration of the Eucharist

Original Date of Publication
August 15, 2018
August 15, 2018
August 25, 2018

© M. Duffy, 2019

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