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Vacation in Tirol
Austria, Lechtall, Elbigenalp
Photojournalism - documentary & street photography

Sacraments Procession - photostory
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Musicians of the marching band, gathering after the Eucharist. Last instructions before the procession is building up.

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"A Sacraments procession is a devotional procession in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, in which the Blessed Sacrament in a Monstrance in a solemn manner is carried by a priest through the streets of a town or village.
Usually, the Sacraments Processions go out on Sacraments Day. For this occasion, the priest is wearing the Cope, a specific liturgical vestment, and walks under a Baldachin " (Partially translated from the Dutch Wikipedia)

Preliminary to the procession, there is a solemn Eucharist in the church. Sometimes, this Eucharist also can be held outside.

During the procession, traditionally, the Priest with the Holy Sacrament is preceded by the acolytes , carrying the cross and some candles. Then follow the marching band and several groups of the village/town, in their best uniforms or traditional dresses. Often, representatives of these groups are carrying some of the statues of saints and other religious symbols important to that community. The procession can be followed by a (large) group of villagers in prayer (anybody can follow).
During the procession, the rosary is prayed, and religious songs are sung, accompanied by the marching band. There are several stopping places along the route, where the Blessed Sacrament is put down on a table or some kind of 'altar', and other traditional prayers are said, including a reading from the bible. At each stopping place, the people participating in the procession, including all bystanders and watchers, are blessed by the priest holding the Blessed Sacrament. This also can be combined with a blessing of the houses and fields.

A beautiful illustration of this old religious tradition is the painting Artesië by Jules Breton, 1857

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Focal Length
24 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 17, 2012, 10:48:14 AM
Adobe Photoshop 7.0
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