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Date of Award

4-12-1999

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Martin Connell

Abstract

The feast of Corpus Christi originated in the middle ages as a result of strong eucharistic piety. The need for a feast of the body and blood of Christ in the liturgical year is questionable. The nature of this feast is devotional, a fact that makes a celebration of the paschal mystery and God's presence in the world incongruous with the overall shape of the liturgical year. This paper debates the presence of the feast of Corpus Christi within the Roman Liturgical Calendar through a consideration of its history, hymns, readings, prayers, and theology and addresses problems with this feast that should be considered upon a subsequent revision of the liturgical year.

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