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Solemnities of the Lord

Some feasts that celebrate our Lord fall outside the incarnation cycle or the paschal cycle.

The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

The oldest references to this solemnity of our Lord are found in ninth century monastic calendars. It was not until the fourteenth century that it was celebrated throughout the Church. This feast distinguishes itself from other feasts of the Lord because it does not celebrate an event in the life of Jesus, but rather celebrates a theological concept. This doctrine summarizes the basic truth of Christianity, namely that people are saved by God through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. This feast is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost.

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

The origin of this feast, which was known as Corpus Chirsti until 1969, lies in present day Belgium and was not extended to the universal Church until 1264. Until 1969, the feast was observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday to make the connection with Holy Thursday. Since 1969, the feast has been combined with the feast of the Precious Blood and is now mostly celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This feast celebrates an aspect of doctrine, rather than an event in salvation history.

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

This feast celebrates the love of God as it was revealed in the sacrificial life of Jesus Christ. Although enjoying a certain devotional popularity, which grew due to the visions of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, the feast was not codified for the universal Church until 1856. The feast is celebrated on the Friday after Corpus Christi.

The Solemnity of Christ the King

During the last Sunday of the liturgical year, we look toward the end of time when Jesus Christ, Son of God, Ruler of the Universe, will judge the living and the dead. It is not with fear and trepidation, but rather, with hope and confidence that we anticipate this day. 

© Crucifixion Tableau »
The crucifixion tableau was modeled after the miraculous crucifix in Lympias in Spain. It was carved on site(in situ) from a single block of stone which was anchored to the masonry when the wall was built. The statues of the Sorrowful Mother and of Saint John are chiseled from the same material. – Photo by Michael Jensen. [Close]
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