Tuesday, June 16, 2009
a little bit of a procession
In the west of Ireland, where I live, they have a great tradition of the corpus christi procession.The houses that are passed by, make a little altar, normally in their open doorway or the front window. So you get the local town houses, pubs ,dry-cleaners,post office etc.all dusting down their statues,best vases, and fancy tableclothes and getting their garden flowers arranged all in honour of the blessed sacrament.This is held aloft under a canopy, which is always carried by the firemen.The first holy communion children are in charge of scattering petals in front of it. The petals are brought in from the childrens gardens .
I have always loved this tradition, as it is quintessentially of the locality.The local women that still do the altars, really are proud of them.Its participatory and thats good in my book. Hope you enjoy the images of what may not be here in 5 or 10 years time.