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

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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 procession Sean 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. Source

Girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress walk through the cemetery of the village church during the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession Sean 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 procession Sean Gallup/ Getty Images
Girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress arrive back in church to continue mass following the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession Sean Gallup/ Getty Images
Girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress participate in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession through the village centre in Crostwitz Sean Gallup/ Getty Images
Girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress participate in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession through the village center in Crostwitz Sean Gallup/ Getty Images
Women and girls wearing traditional Sorbian festive dress participate in the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession through the village of Crostwitz Sean 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 Crostwitz Sean Gallup/ Getty Images
Steffi Mark adjusts the dress of Marta, 7, during procession 
Young Sorbian men hold banners as they walk past a cross inscribed with text in Sorbian during the annual Sorbian Corpus Christi procession in Crostwitz Sean Gallup/ Getty Images
Residents wait in their boat as they take part in a Corpus Christi procession at the lake Staffelsee in Seehausen Christof Stache/ AFP
People in their boats attend the Corpus Christi procession at lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near Murnau, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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 Murnau Christof Stache/ AFP
A seven-meter-long boat is placed in front of the cathedral in Cologne.

MORE Photos: German Catholics attend Corpus Christi parades

BERLIN — Roman Catholic believers across Germany are celebrating the religious holiday of Corpus Christi with carefully arranged processions through villages and towns, often donning traditional costumes.

In eastern Germany, hundreds of Sorbs, a Slavic minority, participated Thursday in a procession in Crostwitz in the state of Saxony, where little girls dressed in long white and pink dresses and headscarves.

Further south, young Bavarian boys dressed in leather pants, or Lederhosen, as they joined a procession at lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near Murnau.

The processions on Corpus Christi commemorate the biblical transubstantiation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. Source

Men dressed in traditional clothes start for a Corpus Christi procession at lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near Murnau, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
A child dressed in the traditional clothes of the Sorbs attend a holy mass during a Corpus Christi procession in Crostwitz, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The catholic faithful Sorbs are acknowledged as a national minority near the German-Polish border with their own language in eastern Germany. The procession to commemorate the solemnity of the body and blood of Christ has been a tradition in Lusatia (Lausitz) region. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Children dressed in the traditional clothes of the Sorbs attend a Corpus Christi procession in Crostwitz, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The catholic faithful Sorbs are acknowledged as a national minority near the German-Polish border with their own language in eastern Germany. The procession to commemorate the solemnity of the body and blood of Christ has been a tradition in Lusatia (Lausitz) region. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Children dressed in the traditional clothes of the Sorbs attend a holy mass during a Corpus Christi procession in Crostwitz, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The catholic faithful Sorbs are acknowledged as a national minority near the German-Polish border with their own language in eastern Germany. The procession to commemorate the solemnity of the body and blood of Christ has been a tradition in Lusatia (Lausitz) region. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
A house reflects in a car during a Corpus Christi procession in Crostwitz, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The catholic faithful Sorbs are acknowledged as a national minority near the German-Polish border with their own language in eastern Germany. The procession to commemorate the solemnity of the body and blood of Christ has been a tradition in Lusatia (Lausitz) region. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Children dressed in the traditional clothes of the Sorbs attend a Corpus Christi procession in Crostwitz, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The catholic faithful Sorbs are acknowledged as a national minority near the German-Polish border with their own language in eastern Germany. The procession to commemorate the solemnity of the body and blood of Christ has been a tradition in Lusatia (Lausitz) region. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Children dressed in the traditional clothes of the Sorbs attend a Corpus Christi procession in Crostwitz, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The catholic faithful Sorbs are acknowledged as a national minority near the German-Polish border with their own language in eastern Germany. The procession to commemorate the solemnity of the body and blood of Christ has been a tradition in Lusatia (Lausitz) region. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
People dressed in the traditional clothes of the Sorbs attend a holy mass during a Corpus Christi procession in Crostwitz, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The catholic faithful Sorbs are acknowledged as a national minority near the German-Polish border with their own language in eastern Germany. The procession to commemorate the solemnity of the body and blood of Christ has been a tradition in Lusatia (Lausitz) region. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
People dressed in the traditional clothes of the Sorbs attend a Corpus Christi procession in Crostwitz, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The catholic faithful Sorbs are acknowledged as a national minority near the German-Polish border with their own language in eastern Germany. The procession to commemorate the solemnity of the body and blood of Christ has been a tradition in Lusatia (Lausitz) region. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Young boys dressed in traditional clothes wait for the start of a Corpus Christi procession at lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near Murnau, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Young boys dressed in traditional clothes wait for the start of a Corpus Christi procession at lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near Murnau, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People dressed in traditional clothes wait for the start of a Corpus Christi procession at lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near Murnau, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People attend the Corpus Christi procession at lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near Murnau, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People dressed in traditional clothes take part in a Corpus Christi procession at lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near Murnau, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People in their boats attend the Corpus Christi procession at lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near Murnau, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People in their boats attend the Corpus Christi procession at lake Staffelsee in Seehausen near Murnau, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
BAD TOELZ, GERMANY – JUNE 15 – People in traditional clothes at the Corpus Christi procession at June 15, 2017 in Bad Toelz – Germany.
Germany, Bavaria, Jachenau, Corpus Christi-procession,
Benediktbeuern, Germany – June 20: participants at a famous traditional bavarian corpus christi procession in Benediktbeuern on june 20, 2019
BAD TOELZ, GERMANY – JUNE 12 – People in traditional clothes at the Corpus Christi procession at June 12, 2016 in Bad Toelz – Germany.
Germany, Bavaria, Upper Bavaria, Toerwang, Corpus Christi procession
Corpus Christi in Munich
Helfer legen die Blüten für den Blumenteppich, Fronleichnam, Prozession, Sipplingen, Überlinger See, Bodensee, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland, Europa
BAD TOELZ, GERMANY – MAY 26 – People in traditional costumes at the Corpus Christi procession at May 26, 2016 in Bad Toelz – Germany.
Koblenz Corpus Christi Day
Germany, Bavaria, Rohrdorf, Corpus Christi procession
Germany, Bavaria, Upper Bavaria, Wackersberg, Women carrying decorated staue at feast of Corpus Christi procession
Germany, Bavaria, Upper Bavaria, Wackersberg, Feast of Corpus Christi procession passing through field

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