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The holy cross at the corner - third stop by steppeland The holy cross at the corner - third stop by steppeland
Vacation in Tirol
Austria, Lechtall, Elbigenalp
Photojournalism - documentary & street photography

Sacraments Procession - photo story
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Procession, headed by the acolytes, nearing the holy cross at the corner, the third stopping place, with the church in the background

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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 ArtesiŽ by Jules Breton, 1857

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SuperSnappz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic capture.
LucieG-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's a really beautiful shot! Great composition!

I'd be dying to climb those mountains in the back...
steppeland Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! Oh, yes, it's such a beautiful area! We did do some hiking this year, but our possibilities were limited, since we had my parents (both in their 80s) with us. In previous years, we have climbed the mountain in the background though... awesome memories of that! And who knows, some time in the future??... :)
LucieG-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh you did hike it before!! I bet the view was awesome from up there! :D And I think it's wonderful that your parents at their respectable age can still go to places like this with you. :)
steppeland Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Photographer
Indeed, we were delighted that we were still able to offer them this vacation together - and enjoyed it fully! :)
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Jun 17, 2012, 11:21:16 AM
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