Processions celebrating Corpus Christi, one of the most important Christian holidays, take place all over Poland.
The central observances in Warsaw were inaugurated by a Holy Mass in St. John the Baptist Archcathedral, headed by Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, the metropolitan of Warsaw’s diocese.
After the church service, the faithful marched in the procession to outdoor altars located in four separate locations in Warsaw.
In Kraków, southern Poland, the procession marched from the Wawel Castle to the Main Square of the city. It is one of the largest processions in the country.
One of the traditions of celebrating this holiday is creating special floral carpets. The most recognisable are those created in the village of Spycimierz in central Poland, but they are also prepared in other parts of the country.
For the first time, the Central Procession of Corpus Christi was organised in the city of Łódź in central Poland. Prior to the march, a holy mass headed by the Łódź Metropolitan, Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś was held.
Poland’s Primate, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, headed the celebrations in Inowrocław, central Poland. “By marching through streets of towns and cities we want to present the God’s Flesh sacrificed for us and for everyone,” he said
The history of Corpus Christi dates back to the 13th century, when a nun, Juliana of Liège, received a vision in which she was asked to make the Catholic Church embrace such a celebration. It is celebrated to venerate the Most Blessed Sacrament, the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ.
In Poland, Corpus Christi celebration is connected to an event that occurred in 1263 in the Polish town of Bolesno, where the church wafer, held in the hands of a doubtful priest, started bleeding.