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Corpus Christi

Boże Ciało

 

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Corpus Christi procession in Polen

The Corpus Christi / Boze Cialo / Body of Christ procession of Catholic faithful makes its way slowly through the streets of Lubniewice, Lubuskie, western Poland. 

The Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) or Boże Ciało is observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday in villages, towns and cities all over Poland. In smaller locations virtually the whole village or town becomes involved in an organised procession through the streets. Householders decorate their windows with religious icons. The traffic is stopped and at midday the procession leaves the Church and the people walk around the streets together stopping on route at various temporary shrines to pray. The shrines are decorated with branches from Birch trees, and members of the procession tear off twigs from these shrines for luck and happiness as they go around the circuit. Young girls dressed in their first communion dresses (which look like white wedding dresses) scatter rose and other flower petals on the streets. These petals are for Christ, who is believed by Catholics to walk the streets with the people during these Corpus Christi processions. Throughout the festival the Priest walks around under some sort of umbrella held up by four or more men from the village or town, while boys swirl burning incense around him. The pictures in the below slideshow were all taken in the picturesque town of Lubniewice in the far west of Poland, in June 2006.

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