What is the Feast of Corpus Christi
and How is it Celebrated?

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The feast of Corpus Christi (Boze Cialo), the day on which the Catholic Church commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist, is celebrated with great pomp and solemnity throughout Poland and Polonia. As the Eucharist is the central feature of Catholicism, made present in the Sacrifice of Holy Mass, this Feast is of enormous importance. The celebration of Corpus Christi, common to the pre-Vatican II American Catholic church, seems foreign to many contemporary Americans. However, this perception is generally out of touch with world Catholicism, wherein this feast is celebrated vigorously, esp. throughout Europe, including Poland and Polonia worldwide. Three important rituals form the core of Polish Roman Catholic Corpus Christi devotions: Corpus Christi Altars (Bozy Domek), Greenery, and the Corpus Christi Procession (Procesja Bozego Ciala).