Explain the history of the feast of Corpus Christi.  

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This feast, unique to the Catholic religion, celebrates a basic Catholic belief, that the Eucharist is not a symbol of the body of Christ, but is the body of Christ.  This enigma is at the center of the whole Christian holy days celebration, and in the Middle Ages (1300's), was celebrated in many English towns by a procession of “pageant plays”, plays performed on pageants, wagons (pagonds), in the Spring, performed by guilds members, and relating the major stories of the Bible--the Flood, the Nativity (both a serious version and a comic version called The Second Shepherd’s Play), the Passion of Christ, etc.  The texts of these plays, termed “Corpus Christi” plays by V.A. Kolve, have been preserved in York, Lincoln, and Coventry, and form the major texts we know of Middle English language and drama. 

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