On Thursday, the Roman-Catholic Church is celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Corpus Christi is one of the main feasts celebrated in honour of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
Pastor of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in, Prelate Bogdan Bartołd emphasised that Jesus Christ is especially present among the faith on that day. “This day is a day of thanksgiving to God for an extraordinary gift of love. The Eucharist is a gift of God’s love that goes out to us. He goes out to the streets. “Quo vadis Domine? Where are you going Lord? - I am going on my own. I want to tell them about My love. I want to take them to My Heart,” the priest quoted the words of Jesus.
Christ instituted the Blessed Sacrament at the Last Supper. It was described by the Evangelists: Matthew, Mark and Luke, and Saint Paul the Apostle. The real presence of Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine is based, according to the teaching of the Church, on the words of Jesus: “This is my flesh, This is my blood.”
The new Catechism of the Roman-Catholic Church says that “the manner of Christ’s presence through the Eucharistic is unique. In the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, the Flesh and Blood are truly, really and substantially contained, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore the whole of Christ.”
In Poland, the solemnity of Corpus Christi was introduced by Bishop Nanker at the synod in Krakow in 1320. After WWII, the Corpus Christi processions were a sign of the unity of the nation and faith.
The external form of the feast are processions led to four altars. In processions, a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament is carried, and at the end, a solemn sacral blessing is given. The Solemnity of Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after the Pentecost octave and is a holy day of obligation. This means that Catholics are obliged to attend Holy Mass on that day.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Central Corpus Christi procession will not take place. At 10:00 am local time, a mass was celebrated in the Cathedral in Warsaw concelebrated by Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, Field Bishop Józef Guzdek and auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Warsaw.