Corpus Domini, FYI
After evening Mass on the lawn of the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterno, the “ecumenical Mother Church,” the Corpus Domini procession takes worshipers to Santa Maria Maggiore, another Papal basilica and the largest church in the world devoted to the Virgin Mary. This solemn celebration packs a Holy punch.
The object (and Subject) of the event is the Ostia (the Eucharistic Host given during communion,) consecrated for the occasion, and carried from one Basilica to the other in an ostensorio (an ornate display vessel.) The name, Corpus Domini, Latin for “Body [and blood] of the Lord,” occurs roughly one week and a half after Pentecost and is lead by the Pope, the Bishop of Rome.
For Roman Catholics, Christ is believed to be actually present in the Host, symbolic of the last supper when Jesus says to his disciples: “this is my body (and blood) that will be given up for you so that sins can be forgiven.” Corpus Domini is about all of that… Just ask the Man in charge.