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Corpus Christi

With numerous processions, the church celebrates Corpus Christi.

Many old customs and names are associated with this holiday. 




The procession has become the brand core of Corpus Christi today in Germany: After the service, the congregation goes through the streets singing and praying, often accompanied by a band. The priest carries in front of him the body-turned host in a monstrance. Originally, however, the procession was not part of this festival; it was not until the late Middle Ages that this custom came up. Fields, forests and later cities were blessed in these bitterness processions. Early evidence can be found for Cologne, Benediktbeuern and Hildesheim. Over the centuries, the processions became more and more extensive and solemn. The faithful carried saint relics and figures with them; sometimes there were also dramatic processions with fire-breathing devil figures and dragons. The popes tried to stop overbearing processions. After the Reformation, the Corpus Christi procession became a demonstrative manifestation of Catholicism in the competition of the denominations. Since the Second Vatican Council, it is considered a sign of the Church as a wandering people of God.

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