Corpus Christi Procession in Sydney, 1930

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Corpus Christi Procession in Sydney, 1930


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The feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) has been held since the 13c. The host, Blessed sacrament, the consecrated body of Christ, is brought outside of its usual place in the sanctuary of the altar and paraded amongst devoted followers and the world at large. the procession is accompanied by prayer and adoration and usually concludes with Solemn Benediction. The feast occurs the first Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

“After the Mass on Corpus Christi, all kneel and sing O Salutaris Hostia. The Host is incensed, and carried under an ombrellino (an umbrella-like canopy) to the baldacchino, a rectangular tent-like canopy...

Then the procession forms, led by the Crucifer (the acolyte who carries the processional Cross), who is flanked by acolytes carrying candles. Then follow members of religious associations and orders, children strewing rose petals in the path of the Blessed Sacrament (they are customarily dressed in their First
Communion clothes), clergy, and then two thurifers who incense the path. Then comes the Blessed Sacrament, carried at eye-level by a priest (with his hands veiled) in a monstrance, under the baldacchino, all flanked by torch bearers. The people walk behind.”




National Library of Australia


National Library of Australia


20 June 1930


National Library of Australia


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