Thursday, June 27, 2019

Wow Huge Corpus Christi Processions in Spain a National Holiday with 500 year old Monstrance

In Spain the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is a National Holiday. Hundreds of thousands, if not a million, join in various processions throughout the very religious country. The processions for this day began hundreds of years ago and still continue today. The 3 videos below are from some major cities in Spain where the Corpus Chrisiti procession of 2019 offer a spectacular view. The streets are decorated and the people wear their finest clothes for the solemn procession which takes place in an atmosphere of singing and prayer. In Toledo, Granada, and Sevilla this is the most important festival and one of their oldest. In Toledo solemn event is led by the Archbishop of Toledo, cardinal primate of Spain. These cities historic streets, especially decorated for the occasion. In Toledo the highlight are the Monstrance, a priceless work of craftsmanship in gold and silver dating from 1515 and weighing about 160 kilos. In Sevilla (see last video below) life size statues of saints are carried. Those in procession include traditional followers in costumes and many different religious fraternities and guilds. Weeks before the religious procession, the routes are decorated with awnings, wreaths and lanterns. The  walls, windows and balconies are adorned with antique pennants and tapestries from the 16th and 17th century, and the ground is filled with aromatic herbs. The bells of these cities begin to ring for the procession. 

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