We took the students on a little walk through downtown to help them get a little oriented. Outside the Stefansdom, we arrived just in time to see the procession celebrating Corpus Christi day. Corpus Christi, a Catholic and national holiday, celebrates the Body of Christ, consecrated in Mass. In German, it's called Fronleichnam. As a Mormon missionary 25 plus years ago, I got the spelling mixed up and thought it was Frohe Leichnam (happy corpse). I thought a great way to commemorate the day would be to lie happily in bed like a corpse. We didn't, of course, but my companion and I had fun joking about it.
We watched the procession pass. I liked seeing all the outfits and listening to the band. We came across the procession a couple times as they traveled throughout the city from cathedral to cathedral. I really like the pomp and circumstance and tradition.
|In the middle right photo, the man under the canopy is Bishop Schönborn. (click to enlarge)|