Corpus Christi: Catholics take part in religious processions in traditional dress across the world

Catholics across the world are taking part in colourful processions, as they celebrate Corpus Christi. The holy day symbolises their belief in the body and the blood of Jesus Christ, and his Real Presence in the Eucharist.

In the village of Crostwitz – one of the centres of the Sorbian area in Saxony, Germany – locals took part in an annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession, before attending mass. In southern Germany, lake Staffelsee was scattered with rowing boats as people dressed in traditional Bavarian dress.

Girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress arrive back in church to continue mass following the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi processionSean Gallup/ Getty Images

Liturgically celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, Catholics attend a Holy Mass where there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, usually displayed in a monstrance. The procession is then followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

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IBTimesUK takes a look at some of Corpus Christi processions that have happened so far:

Participants in a Corpus Christi procession cast their shadows as they walk on a road near the lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near MurnauChristof Stache/ AFP
Women and girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress participate in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession as they leave massSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress walk through the cemetery of the village church during the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi processionSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Women and girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress walk past a flag adorned with a Sorbian flag as they participate in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi processionSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress arrive back in church to continue mass following the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi processionSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Sorbian women and girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress prepare to participate in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi processionSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress participate in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession through the village centre in CrostwitzSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Sorbian men, women and girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress walk in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession through the village of CrostwitzSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress participate in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession through the village center in CrostwitzSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Women and girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress participate in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession through the village of CrostwitzSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress participate in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession as they emerge from mass in the village church in CrostwitzSean Gallup/ Getty Images
A young girl wearing traditional Sorbian festive dressSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Steffi Mark adjusts the dress of Marta, 7, during the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi processionSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Women and girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress participate in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession through the village centre with Sorbian flagsSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Young Sorbian men hold banners as they walk past a cross inscribed with text in Sorbian during the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession in CrostwitzSean Gallup/ Getty Images
Residents wait in their boat as they take part in a Corpus Christi procession at the lake Staffelsee in SeehausenChristof Stache/ AFP
Residents and spectators in their boats take part in a Corpus Christi procession at the lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near MurnauChristof Stache/ AFP
Cardinal and archishop Rainer Maria Woelki conducts the Corpus Christi Mass from a seven-meter-long refugee boatRolf Vennenbernd/ AFP
People in traditional Bavarian dresses sit in a boat as they take part in a Corpus Christi procession at the lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near MurnauChristof Stache/ AFP
A seven-meter-long refugee boat is placed in front of the cathedral in Cologne. Archbishop of Cologne, in memory of thousands of people who lost their lives in the Mediterranean seaOliver Berg/ AFP
People in traditional Bavarian dresses sit in a boat as they take part in a Corpus Christi procession at the lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near MurnauChristof Stache/ AFP
A seven-meter-long refugee boat is placed in front of the cathedral in Cologne. Archbishop of Cologne, in memory of thousands of people who lost their lives in the Mediterranean seaOliver Berg/ AFP
A man in a boat prepares to take part in a Corpus Christi procession at the lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near MurnauChristof Stache/ AFP

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