Solemnity of Corpus Christi –
it all started when a doubting priest saw blood
drop from the broken Host


Feast Day Triduum masses of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi – the patronal feast of Jesus Caritas Church in Kepong – will be live streamed from Our Lady of Sorrows Church, in Penang starting this Friday.

The main theme for this year's Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is, The Eucharist, the Source and Summit of Christian Life, and the preacher for the three-day celebration is Msgr Aloysius Tan.

"We will be having a series of four talks on the Eucharist leading up to our Triduum celebration. The (Triduum) masses will be live streamed via this page (Facebook) and our YouTube channel," says the notice posted on the Jesus Caritas Church Facebook page -

The scheduled Feast Day Triduum masses and daily themes are as follows:

Friday, June 12, 8pm The Holy Eucharist – The Sacrifice of the Cross
Saturday, June 13, 8pm The Holy Eucharist – The Medicine of Eternal Life
Sunday, June 14, 11.30am The Holy Eucharist makes the Church the Body of Christ.

Origins of the Solemnity

According to Vatican News, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi dates back to the 13th century. In Belgium, following the mystical experiences of Saint Juliana de Cornillon, a local feast dedicated to the Most Holy Eucharist was established in Liège in 1247.

Several years later, in 1263, a Bohemian priest on pilgrimage to Italy was afflicted by doubts about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. While celebrating Mass in the town of Bolsena, he experienced a Eucharistic miracle, when a few drops of blood were shed by the broken Host after the consecration. The very next year, in 1264, Pope Urban IV extended the feast of Corpus Christi to the whole Church.

Dogma of the Church

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – as it is now known – honours Jesus substantially present in the Blessed Sacrament. The truth of the Real Presence was confirmed in 1215 by the Fourth Lateran Council. Later, in 1551, the Council of Trent definitively re-affirmed the doctrine in a passage quoted verbatim by the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

“Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation” (cf. CCC 1376). 1

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