Thursday, June 18, 2009

Octave of Corpus Christi

Today is the old Octave of Corpus Christi. This Feast is still observed in the Royal College Seminary of Corpus Christi in Valencia, Spain, popularly known as Colegio del Patriarca, the "College of the Patriarch", after its founder, Saint Juan de Ribera, patriarch of Antioch and Archbishop and Viceroy of Valencia. Saint Juan de Ribera instituted the celebration of this feast in 1605 and laid down the ceremonial to be observed in a special book, the so-called consueta, which is followd until this day.

This is the church of the College, the Iglesia del Patriarca (click to enlarge):

And here are some images from last year's celebrations.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:

Procession in the cloister:

(A detail readers may note in the procession: the characteristic Spanish surplices with their wings gathered over the arms)

Thanks to Fr Melo of the Spanish Forum Ceremonia y rúbrica de la Iglesia española.

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