Catholic believers are celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi today, a national holiday in Croatia. It celebrates the tradition and belief in the physical body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the Holy Eucharist.
In his homily this morning, at the Sveti Mati Slobode Church in Zagreb, Zagreb Student's chaplain, Damir Stojić recalled the importance of this holy day.
“The Church once again speaks of and confirms what we have believed from the beginning, that Jesus Christ is truly present. This not just a sign, this is not just a symbol, this is really Jesus Christ, that same Jesus that walked the earth 2000 years ago,” said Father Stojić.
One of the more recognized outer characteristics of Corpus Christi is a procession.
“Today's holy day also emphasized that Jesus has remained with us. He loves us so much that he remained with us. We will carry Jesus outside for others to see. For us to actually give witness to others from outside, who may not attend mass and believe in what we actually believe. Today we will go outside, to tell the world, this is truly Jesus,” said Father Stojić.
18 years ago Croatian parliament declared Corpus Christi a national holiday.