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Corpus Christi, Feast of
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In response to the urging of Juliana of Mont Cornillon (c. 1193–1258), Robert of Turotte, bishop of Liège, decreed Corpus Christi Day in the year 1246 in his diocese with the document Inter alia mira. Juliana had visions in which she saw the shimmering disk of the full moon from which a small piece was broken off. The moon represented the church, and the missing part stood for the lack of a unique feast in honor of the Eucharist. The feast was supposed to constitute a counterweight to the faulty observation of the Eucharist during the year. Important theolo…

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Lamberts, Jozef, “Corpus Christi, Feast of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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