A very blessed Corpus Christi to all. And a question to my Episcopalian/Anglican friends, how many of your parishes keep the feast? And of those that do how many observe it on its Thursday or do you transfer it to Sunday?
My parish doesn’t, because just because we’re not low any more doesn’t mean we aren’t still lazy. *g* (And while I mean to do something about that in the future, Corpus Christi’d still be *in the future.*)
My parish transfered it to Sunday. However this is where my former Lutheran training rises up and I end up contrary to many other Anglo-Catholics when I oppose the celebrating of the Feast of Corpus Christi.
This Feast is a Medieval accretion first started in the 13th Century which most of the Reformers removed as soon as possible for supporting false doctrine. The Blessed Sacrament is a sacrament in the context of a Holy Meal which Jesus ordered us to perform e.g. “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.” (Matthew 26:26, KJV). Let me emphasize Jesus’ command - "Take, eat; this is my body."He did not say take this Blessed Sacrament and put it in a monstrance and stare at it; or take this Blessed Sacrament stick it in a box and take it for a wander around the Parish. Most ways of celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi remove it from the context of Holy Communion and are therefore contrary to God’s Word and are thus a man-made tradition. To quote Article XXV of the 39 Articles : "The Sacraments were not ordained of Christ to be gazed upon, or to be carried about, but that we should duly use them. And in such only as worthily receive the same, they have a wholesome effect or operation: but they that receive them unworthily, purchase to themselves damnation, as Saint Paul saith."