The area was first discovered by Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda in 1517. He named the area Corpus Christi because of the beautiful, lush, semi-tropical bay he found on the feast day of the ”Body of Christ!
The term Corpus Christi is largely Roman Catholic, traditionally celebrated with a procession of elements of the Eucharist being taken outside the church, revered by all who witness its passing,
On May 30, 2013, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran and then processed the Corpus Christi to the Basilica of St. Mary Major just over a mile away.
Protestantism also honors the Body & Blood of Jesus Christ. In the Church of England it is known as The Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion (Corpus Christi) and has the status of a festival.
Although the Episcopal Church of the United States does not officially have a feast day for Corpus Christi, there are vestiges of its importance during the Maundy Thursday service.
“Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Following this Collect is read the story of Jesus washing His disciple’s feet. A true act of love, service and humbleness, given as an example for you and me to use in our life in Christ!
Most of you know I was in hospital from December 28 to January 12. Apparently, I had double pneumonia with an add-on of the flu! And I must say for about 4-5 days I was not the best patient! In fact, I had to be told over and over what went on in those first days. I hallucinated to the point I tore out my IV needles, removed my O2 mask because I thought I was going to drown.
I had to be restrained at times, given medicine I didn’t normally take, was stabbed a half dozen times a day for blood! And I didn’t know why they were doing this to me! Yet every medical health employee treated me with care and respect, never condemning me, criticizing or judging me. NEVER!
CORPUS CHRISTI! To me, each of them was part of the Body of Christ! They protected me, fed me, healed me, they even washed me! They saw to my needs without a groan or moan!
We, at St. John’s, need to look at being or becoming the Body of Christ! Corpus Christi! Looking at our part of the world with eyes, ears, hands and feet to feed, protect, heal, clothe and educate those around us who have those needs!
Some of the above is already being done as the Body of Christ with Soup’s On! Corpus Christi!
We have now, and will continue to have fresh new minds, hands, eyes and feet to educate toward the service of others.
As Corpus Christi, we have banded together to help fund the new Diocesan Retreat Center, a place that will be used in our future to help educate and support those looking to serve Christ!
So let us, as the Body of Christ take God’s love into the world in service to others!
And may God bless each of us as we do so!