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Corpus Christi, Feast of 

Anglican and Episcopal ambivalence about the Feast of Corpus Christi is likely related to its historic association with the Roman Catholic dogma of transubstantiation. Urban IV commissioned Aquinas to compose the special Mass and offices for the feast. Aquinas also composed hymns for this celebration. Aquinas's hymn, "Lauda Sion," was originally composed as the sequence hymn for the eucharist on the Feast of Corpus Christi. The "Tantum ergo" was originally Aquinas's hymn for vespers on the Feast of Corpus Christi. The Hymnal 1982 includes both the "Lauda Sion" (Hymn 320) and the "Tantum ergo" (Hymn 330; Hymns 329/331, stanzas 5-6), but with Aquinas's original references to transubstantiation omitted. 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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