Corpus Christi 2020 will be celebrated very differently from previous years in Trinidad and Tobago. Its significance however is in no way diminished — even a century later.
In the Catholic News, June 14, 1919 page 3, the then editor talks about the feast after being approached by non-Catholics for information “as to the meaning of Corpus Christi and the inner signification of the beautiful procession which wends its way around Marine Square once a year in the month of June”.
The following is an excerpt from the article: “Corpus Christi is one of the few days of Catholic obligation which the British government undertook to respect in Trinidad for all time. If we mistake not, the day is mentioned in the Treaty of Surrender signed between the last Spanish Governor Dom José Maria Chacon and Sir Ralph Abercromby on the outskirts of San José the Oruna, the ancient capital city. It is the feast commemorative of the real presence of Our Blessed Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar. The Council of Trent teaches ‘If anyone shall say that, in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, there are not contained truly, really and substantially, the Body and Blood together with the Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and, consequently, only as in a sign, or a figure, or a power, let him be anathema’. Corpus Christi then, is the feast of the Body of Christ present on our Catholic altars.