Corpus Christi in Mexico
Corpus Christi in Mexico

The Catholics in the country celebrate Thursday of Corpus Christi, Day of the Manueles or of the Mulitas, which is celebrated every year 60 days after the Sunday of resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During this day it is customary to dress the children of indigenous people and take them to bless the churches, in addition to giving figures of mules of mud, palm or any other material.

According to the Information System of the Archdiocese of Mexico, after the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council, the feast of Corpus Christi is called: Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, and is celebrated on the Thursday following the eighth of Pentecost.

The origins of this festival go back to the eleventh century when Berengario de Tours denied the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This heretical doctrine, similar to those of the evangelicals of today, was officially condemned by Pope Gregory VII in 1079, and then the Church realized the need to foster the cult of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It was then that the command to communicate at least once a year was formulated for Easter.

The Bishop of Liège, today Germany, introduced in 1246 the feast of Corpus Christi in his diocese. Pope Urban IV, in 1264, established the feast for the whole Church. The procession of Corpus originated in Cologne in 1279, and later became accustomed to the Universal Church.

It is the Day of the Manuels because it is a Hebrew word that means “God with us”, and what more appropriate name for Jesus, present in the consecrated Bread and Wine.

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Tomorrow the Corpus Chisti, Day of the Manueles or the Mulitas is celebrated, but what is the reason for this celebration according to the Catholic Church?

Corpus is the feast of Manuel, God with us, God who is waiting for us to come to receive him to be with us. That is why on this day those who bear the name of Manuel are celebrated.

The Feast of Corpus Christi was well received in our homeland, and covered with the colorful of popular religiosity.

The children dress in blanket clothes, they wear their breeches and their camisole, and they wear their huipil (blouse) and chincuete (skirt), both with guaraches and huacales full of fruits and sweets.

Because the settlers used to go to this party with their typical costumes and their decorated mules and loaded with merchandise that they sold in the inevitable common fair to all the parties.

Today is also known as the Day of the Mules, apparently for the amount of mules in which the Indians came down to the city to sell their goods.

That’s why they buy and give away small pieces made of clay, palm or some other material that they sell when they leave the temples.

Although the name can also come from a Eucharistic example that the Franciscans told of an anecdote of the life of Saint Anthony of Padua: the Saint managed to convert from Judaism to Guyaldo that he accepted in all his new religion, except for the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

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