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Thursday after First Sunday after Pentecost: The Feast of the Divine Body of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

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Sun.
after
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Pente-
cost
Cycle
Pente-
cost
Feast
Sun-
days
1st Divine
Body
2d 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th
18th 19th 20th 21st 22d 23rd 24th 25th 26th
27th 28th 29th

2d
Sunday
before
Nativity
Sunday
Forefathers
30th 31st 32d
33rd
Triodion
1st Sun.
Pharisee
Publican
34th
Triodion
2d Sun.
Prodigal
Son
Last
Sun
before
1st Sun.
of
Triodion
Pharisee
Publican

 

Apostle
Fast
begins
Apostle
Fast
ends
Holy
Apostle
Feast
Synaxis
Twelve
Apostles
Father
1st
6th
Council
Father
7th
Council

 

Sundays after Pentecost or Pentecost Cycle
SundayNameApostolosGospel
Thursday
after
First Sunday
Feast
Divine Body
of Our Lord,
God and Savior,
Jesus Christ
1 Cor.
11:23-32
John
6:48-55

The Office and the Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Divine Body of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ commemorates the passion and death of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Most Reverend Joseph Raya, Archbishop of Aka, Haifa, Nazareth, and All Galilee explains this feast in Byzantine Daily Worship

"The Holy Table is the continuation of Calvary and the Liturgy announces the death of Christ, present as a Victim, under the appearances of bread and wine. His Body nailed to the cross and his Blood drained out of Him, are offered to the Father, by Him, by the priest and by the attendance. If we wish to share in the sacrifice, we should also consume the Victim the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist."

History

Pope Urban IV insitutited this Feast in 1264. The Feast of the Divine Body of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ became popular among Melkites, particularly in the eighteenth century, during the time of His Beatitude, Maximos II, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles. In the eighteenth century (1737), the Feast of the Divine Body of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was added to the Pentecostarion.

The office of this Feast was composed by a monk of the Basilian Order.

The Latin Catholic Church calls this Feast "Corpus Christi", which is Latin for "Body of Christ".

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

TROPARION (TONE 1)
Christ, having loved His own, loved them until the end and gave them His body and blood as food and drink. Wherefore let us offer them our veneration and say with fear: "O Christ, glory to your condescension: for You alone are the Lover of Mankind."

Epistle

1 Corinthians 11:23-32 The Epistle contained in the text was chosen when the feast was created in 1737. The original Epistle was that of the regular cycle, i.e., Romans 5:10-16.

Gospel

John 6:48-54 The original Gospel was that of the regular cycle, i.e., Matthew 8:23-27.

 

Sundays of Pentecost or Pentecost Cycle
Sunday
After
Pente-
cost
Sunday
of
Week
after
Holy
Cross
NameDateApostolosGospelSaint
0 Pentecost Acts
2:1-11
John
7:35-52,
8:12
Theotokos

Apostles
1st All Saints Heb.
11:33-12:2a
Mt.
10:32-38
19:27-30
All Saints
2nd Sunday
Divine
Body

Call
First
Apostles
 Rom.
2:10-16
Mt.
4:18-23
 
3d Light
of Body

God and
Money

Dependence
on God
 Rom.
5:1-10
Mt.
6:22-23
 
4th Centurion's
Servant
 Rom.
6:18-23
Mt.
8:5-13
 
5th Healing
of
Gerasene
Demoniacs
 Rom.
10:1-10
Mt.
8:28-9:1
 
6th Healing
of
Paralytic
 Rom.
12:6-14
Mt.
9:1-8
 
7th Healing
of
Two
Blind Men
 Rom.
15:1-7
Mt.
9:27-35
 
8th Feeding
Five
Thousand
 1 Cor.
1:10-17
Mt.
14:14-22
 
9th Walking
on
Water
 1 Cor.
3:9-17
Mt.
14:22-34
 
10th Healing
the
Epileptic
Boy
 1 Cor.
4:9-16
Mt.
17:14b-23a
 
11th Unforgiving
Servant
 1 Cor.
9:2b-12
Mt.
18:23-35
 
12th Rich
Young
Man
 1 Cor.
15:1-11
Mt.
19:16-26
 
13th Wicked
Tenants
 1 Cor.
16:13-24
Mt.
21:33-42
 
14th King's
Marriage
Feast
 2 Cor.
1:21-2:4
Mt.
22:2-14
 
15th Great
Command-
ment
 2 Cor.
4:6-15
Mt.
22:35-46
 
16th Parable
of
Talents
 2 Cor.
6:1-10
Mt.
25:14-30
 
17th Canaanite
Woman
when
four Sundays
between Sunday
after
Great Feast
of
Holy
Theophany

and
1st Sunday
of
Triodion
Pharisee
and
Publican
2 Cor.
6:16b-7:1
Mt.
15:21-28
 
18thA Sun. ?2 Cor.
9:6-11
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
19thA Sun. ?2 Cor.
11:32-12:9
A
Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
20thA Sun. ?2 Tim
2:1-10
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
21stA Sun. ?Gal.
2:16-20
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
22dA Sun. ?Gal.
6:11-18
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
23rdA Sun. ?Eph.
2:4-10
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
24thA Sun. ?Eph.
2:14-22
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
25thA Sun. ?Eph.
4:1-7
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
26thA Sun. ?Eph.
5:8-19
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
27thA Sun. ?Eph.
6:10-17
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
28thA Sun. ?Cor.
1:12-18
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
29th2d
Sunday
before
Nativity
Sunday
Forefathers
(Sunday
of)
11th
Week
of
Great
Feast
Holy Cross
Between
11 and 17
Dec.
Col.
3:4-11
Lk.
14:16-24
 
30thA Sun. ?Col.
3:12-16
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
31stA Sun. ?1 Tim.
1:15-17
A Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
32dA Sun. ?1 Tim
4:9-15
A
Sun.
after
Holy
Cross
 
33rd16thTriodion
1st Sun.
Pharisee
Publican
10th Sunday
before Pascha
2 Cor.
4:6-15
Lk.
18:10-14
 
34th17thTriodion
2d Sun.
Prodigal
Son
9th Sunday
before Pascha
Heb.
7:26-8:2
Lk.
15:11-32
 

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