Saturday, June 9, 2012

Corpus Christi procession

In anticipation of tomorrow’s solemn feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi, I share with you today a few photos I took back in 2008 during a procession in the town of Rabat in Malta.

During the morning procession in this particular town, the First Communion children also accompany the procession, as do priests, sisters and lay people, followed by a marching band playing Eucharistic hymns.

The Blessed Sacrament is carried by a local pastor, or was the case that year a visiting Bishop, accompanied by members of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, seen here in red capes, some of whom carry the baldacchino which is held above the monstrance with the Eucharist, carried by the bishop.

Churches are richly decorated with plenty of candles, tapestries, and all the church paraphernalia on display. Each parish in Malta would hold a procession with the Blessed Sacrament, some of them in the morning, others in the late afternoon.

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