Palma The Feast of Corpus Christi

February 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Corpus Christi, celebrated sixty days after Easter Sunday, is a colourful, traditional holiday in Palma. Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Body and Blood, is a major Catholic holiday with a mass and procession in honour of the Holy Eucharist.

Palma de Mallorca The Feast of Corpus Christi

The religious ceremony in Palma Cathedral begins with the exposition of the Eucharist and vespers sung by the choir. Immediately afterwards, the Bishop of Mallorca presides over a solemn mass in the recently dedicated Chapel of El Santísimo.

The Corpus Christi procession begins at the Cathedral once mass is over and makes its ways along calle Palau Reial, calle del Mirador, calle Palau, calle Sant Pere Nolasc, calle d’en Morey, Plaza de Santa Eulàlia, calle de la Cadena and Plaza de Cort, to wind up at the Cathedral once again. The striking floral carpets at the Cathedral’s main portal and Plaza de Cort were arranged by volunteers from workshops in Palma’s cultural centres.

Participating in the procession will be the Tamborers de la Sala (drummers), cossiers and cavallets (the island’s oldest folkdances), Eucharistic banners, the Lledània (a monumental cross of wax flowers, which was restored by Catherine Bordoy and volunteers from S’Escorxador Cultural Centre), the faithful, the Basilica insignia, the clergy, the Cathedral Chapter, the Presidency of the Bishop of Mallorca, the monstrance and the Palma Municipal Band.

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