Thirteenth-Century Development of Corpus Christi (or: Of Studies, Liturgical, Part IV)

For the previous installments in this series see Part I, Part II, and Part III.

TOPIC 3 (Liturgical Year, Medieval):
The Development of the Feast of Corpus Christi in the Thirteenth Century

This topic is a straightforward historical examination of the development of the Feast of Corpus Christi, including (but not exclusively of) the propers of the Mass and Office of the feast, from the alleged visions of Juliana of Mont Cornillon in Liège (1210) to the promulgation of the feast universally in the bull Transiturus of Pope Urban IV (1264).

Studies and Sources

Caspers, Charles. “How the Sacrament Left the Church Building: Theophoric Processions as a Constituent of the Feast of Corpus Christi,” 383-403. Christian Feast and Festival, ed. G. Rowhurst and P. Post. Leuven: Peeters, 2001.

Delaissé, L. M. J. “A la recherche des origines de l’Office du Corpus Christi dans les manuscrits liturgiqes.” Scriptorium 4 (1950): 220-239.

Dudley, Martin. “Liturgy and Doctrine: Corpus Christi.” Worship 66 (1992): 417-426.

Gy, P.-M. “L’Office du Corpus Christi et s. Thomas d’Aquin: état d’une recherché.” Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques 64 (1980): 491-507.

_____. “L’office du Corpus Chrisi et la théologie des accidents eucharistique.” Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques 66 (1982): 81-86.

Lamberts, Jozef. “The Origin of the Corpus Christi Festival.” Worship 70 (1996): 432-446.

The Life of Juliana of Mont Cornillon, tr. Barbara Newman. Toronto: Peregrina, 1988.

Mitchell, Nathan. Cult and Controversy: The Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass. Collegeville: Liturgical Press/Pueblo, 1990.

Rubin, Miri. “Corpus Christi: Inventing a Feast.” History Today 40 (1990): 15-21.

_____. Corpus Christi: The Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture, 164-302. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Walters, Barbara R. “Church-Sect Dynamics and the Feast of Corpus Christi.” Sociology of Religion 65 (2004): 285-301.

Walters, Barbara R., Vincent Corrigan and Peter T. Ricketts, The Feast of Corpus Christi. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006.






4 responses to “Thirteenth-Century Development of Corpus Christi (or: Of Studies, Liturgical, Part IV)”

  1. Georgina Gerraghty Avatar
    Georgina Gerraghty

    I don’t understand these posts although the topics look really interesting. There’s nothing to read and no link to another source. What’s the point of posting the reference list from your thesis?

    1. Anthony Ruff, OSB Avatar
      Anthony Ruff, OSB

      Sed contra: I’m drawn to footnotes and bibliographies like a duck to water. I find it interesting for us to get a window into the comps process at a great liturgical center like Notre Dame, and to see what sorts of topics are examined, and at what level of thoroughness. Thanks, Cody.

  2. Jordan Zarembo Avatar
    Jordan Zarembo

    Fr. Cody, I’m sure you’ll do great. You have a strong set of questions and good bibliographies. Corpus Christi is a fascinating topic to study since it is a uniquely “Western” liturgy. I’m also very interested in the way in which Corpus Christi influenced later devotions such as the Sacred Heart. Both the worship of the Eucharist outside of eucharistic liturgy and a devotion to the attributes of a part of Jesus’ human body are quite foreign to many of our “Eastern” brothers and sisters. The space between “Eastern” and “Western” liturgical and devotional expression offers room for research about the formation of the identity of each group in light of the other.

    Unlike Fr. Ruff, I’m not all that interested in anything related to comps given that I will write mine in a month or so. I’m in overload. I might think differently in the glow of the aftermath. At the moment I’m quite exhausted after reading for months.

  3. Paul F Ford Avatar

    Like Father Anthony, I have enjoyed all four of Father Cody’s questions and bibliographies. I have kept track of them and will take them to the library when I finally have a chance to do some reading!

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