After a two-year break from mass celebrations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Catholic Church in Santa Cruz invites to the celebration of Corpus Christi, this Thursday, June 16, at 4:30 p.m., at the Papal Altar. This year’s motto is: The Body of Christ calls us to live in unity and peace.
Since the end of the 1990s, the Archdiocese of Santa Cruz has celebrated this solemnity in the departmental stadium, with the presence of all the priests of the territory and the massive turnout of the faithful, who celebrated having Jesus Christ in the sacrament among them.
However, in 2020 this celebration changed places, as the restrictions of the pandemic warranted it. The main Eucharist took place in the Cathedral -with limited capacity- and, later, the bishops of the archdiocese carried the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of the city, so that it would be adored and received as a symbol of hope. The final blessing was given at the Papal altar.
In 2021 the Eucharistic celebration was also celebrated in the Cathedral and in the tour of the bishops included the area of the hospitals, that are within the first ring of the city. relatives of people hospitalized, especially because of Covid-19, They took to the streets to kneel before the Blessed Sacrament and ask for the health of their loved ones.
This year, although the Corpus Christi celebration does not return to the stadium, it will be located at the foot of Christ the Redeemer and will use the place that received Pope Francis, Pastor of the Catholic Church in the world. From the archdiocese they ask the faithful to carry a white flag, which alludes to this year’s motto: The Body of Christ calls us to live in unity and peace. This Tuesday, the representatives of the Church in Santa Cruz will give more details, in a press conference.
Corpus Christi celebrates the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. “This day we remember the institution of the Eucharist that took place on Holy Thursday during the Last Supperwhen Jesus converted the bread and wine into his Body and Blood”, explains the Catholic portal Catholic.net.
There it is also indicated that the Solemnity of Corpus Christi was established in 1246 by Bishop Roberto de Thorete and, in the mid-13th century, Pope Urban IV expanded this celebration to the entire universal church in 1264; he fixed it for the Thursday after Holy Trinity Sunday.