Crowd of Veiled Women, Corpus Christi at Manly

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Crowd of Veiled Women, Corpus Christi at Manly


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A photograph taken by photographer Ted Hood during the Corpus Christi Mass at Manly, New South Wales, in 1934. The picture shows a group of veiled women kneeling in the crowd. They are (less noticeably) also interspersed with men, and this group most likely represents the Legion of Mary, an association of Catholic laity who make a commitment to serve the Church by encouraging spiritual work and promoting mercy, in imitation of Mary. The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin in 1921.

Corpus Christi is an annual feast day observed by the Catholic Church on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday. It celebrates the Eucharist (or ‘Blessed Sacrament’) as the blood and body of Christ, and is often followed by a procession. Corpus Christi was established as a feast day in the thirteenth century after revelations by a Belgian nun, Juliana of Liège (St Juliana), that she had experienced repeated visions of Christ and had been instructed to petition for a feast day to celebrate the sacrament. Juliana disclosed her visions to Robert de Thorete, the Bishop of Liège, Hugh of St-Cher and Jacques Panteléon, then the Archdeacon of Liège. Robert de Thorete used his power as a bishop (with the authority to order a feast in his diocese) to convene a synod in 1246 and order the celebration of Corpus Christi to be observed the following year. In 1261, Jacques Panteléon became Pope Urban IV. In 1264 he published a Papal Bull, Transiturus de hoc mundo , in which he ordered the annual celebration of Corpus Christi and the granting of indulgences to the faithful for their attendance at Mass and at the Office.


Hood, Ted


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