Christ sent His Holy Spirit to establish the Catholic Church. To set
up one church that would continue His work and ministry and preach
the Good News, beginning with those who walked with Him, knew Him,
saw Him after He rose from the dead, and saw Him ascend into Heaven.
He filled them with His Spirit, freeing them from fear, equipping
them for what they would be called to do, and showering them with His
The feast of
Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ) originated in
the diocese of Liege, Belgium in 1247, through the petition of St.
Juliana, an Augustinian nun with great Eucharistic devotion who
desired a feast to celebrate the gift of the Eucharist. Jacques
Pantaleón, then Archdeacon of Liege, became Pope Urban IV in 1261 and
wrote a papal bull in 1264 making this a feast for the whole Church.
Feast of Epiphany
The visit of the three wise men (or three kings) has
been celebrated going back to the earliest years of the Church.
Epiphany means “appearance or manifestation.” The feast is also
called Theophany (12th day). According to Wikipedia, the
earliest reference to the feast is in the year 361. In 385, a pilgrim
writes of the feast being celebrated on Jan. 6 in Bethlehem and