Corpus Christi Procession

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Spectators on Wawel, waiting for the procession to begin

Corpus Christi is a high Roman Catholic holiday in honour of the Eucharist on the second Thursday after Pentecost. In Krakow, like in many other places all over the world, it is celebrated with a procession through the centre of the city. The one in Kraków, however, is really big and special, and quite something to watch and join. Visitors who are in and around the city on this day are recommended not to miss it.

The Archbishop of Krakow carries the monstrance with the consecrated host to bless the city and its people. He is accompanied by many clerics, church groups, religious authorities and associations, ancient equestrian orders, personalities of public life, the monks and nuns from the countless monasteries in the city.

A religious brotherhood are sorting their banners and marching order

The celebrations start with mass in the cathedral on Wawel hill at 9 a.m. Around 10 a.m. the procession is formed outside the cathedral and starts walking. Its route is down the Southern ramp (Droga do Zamku), then along ul. Grodzka to Rynek Glówny, around the square, and it ends in front of St Mary's Church. Along the route there are four stations where the procession stops for hymns, prayers and a sermon. All in all it takes about 3 hours.

As you will notice, not all my photos were taken in the same place. I watched the start of the procession on Wawel hill, then quickly walked down the hill and overtook them at the second station to see the entire procession in ul. Grodzka. Afterwards I got some more photos in Rynek.

I managed to identify some of the groups with extensive online research. However, not all. I need expert help to fill in the gaps. These are not random people who dress up in historical costumes for some parade. They are indeed what they impersonate. To wear, for example, the robes of a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre one has to really be a member of the Knight's Order. I would like to know who they are... 

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Spectators on Wawel, waiting for t…
Spectators on Wawel, waiting for …
A religious brotherhood are sortin…
A religious brotherhood are sorti…
The tram drivers of Kraków are pr…
The tram drivers of Kraków are p…
as well as the chefs
as well as the chefs
Nuns from many different orders ta…
Nuns from many different orders t…
High-ranking clerics - maybe the c…
High-ranking clerics - maybe the …
The archbishop carries the monstra…
The archbishop carries the monstr…
Stopping for a station prayer in u…
Stopping for a station prayer in …
Sacred images are carried along.
Sacred images are carried along.
Three silver lanterns mark the beg…
Three silver lanterns mark the be…
Young girls in pale blue dresses c…
Young girls in pale blue dresses …
The image of the Heart of Jesus is…
The image of the Heart of Jesus i…
... the statue of the Virgin Mary …
... the statue of the Virgin Mary…
The load becomes heavy and uncomfo…
The load becomes heavy and uncomf…
A couple in traditional costume.
A couple in traditional costume.
Hymns, prayers and sermons are tra…
Hymns, prayers and sermons are tr…
Beautiful embroidered flags and st…
Beautiful embroidered flags and s…
The ladies, all dressed in white a…
The ladies, all dressed in white …
They are followed by a statue of M…
They are followed by a statue of …
Mater Dolorosa statue
Mater Dolorosa statue
Who are they? An associating of nu…
Who are they? An associating of n…
Army unit in parade uniform
Army unit in parade uniform
Army unit in parade uniform
Army unit in parade uniform
The tram and bus drivers again
The tram and bus drivers again
Followed by the chefs
Followed by the chefs
The nuns of the different orders a…
The nuns of the different orders …
Hundreds of them, and many are ver…
Hundreds of them, and many are ve…
The most impressive participants w…
The most impressive participants …
The leader of the group carries th…
The leader of the group carries t…
Who are they?
Who are they?
While modern glasses, hair and bea…
While modern glasses, hair and be…
... this gentleman with the big mo…
... this gentleman with the big m…
Heads of the universities?
Heads of the universities?
The Knights Orders date back to t…
The Knights' Orders date back to …
The green Maltese cross is the sig…
The green Maltese cross is the si…
Knights of the Equestrian Order of…
Knights of the Equestrian Order o…
The equestrian orders were followe…
The equestrian orders were follow…
Young clerics -students of Theolog…
Young clerics -students of Theolo…
Clerics of the Archdiocese
Clerics of the Archdiocese
The boys ring small bells.
The boys ring small bells.
Children - I assume those who had …
Children - I assume those who had…
The girls scatter flower petals on…
The girls scatter flower petals o…
The highest-ranking clerics of the…
The highest-ranking clerics of th…
They walk in front of the canopy w…
They walk in front of the canopy …
Archbishop Stanislaw Cardinal Dziw…
Archbishop Stanislaw Cardinal Dzi…
The people of Krakow follow the ho…
The people of Krakow follow the h…
This here is Auxiliary Bishop Jan …
This here is Auxiliary Bishop Jan…
The procession has reached the mai…
The procession has reached the ma…
The procession stops along four st…
The procession stops along four s…
Monks
Monks
Another Knights Order, but which?
Another Knights Order, but which?
The Ladies of the Order of the Hol…
The Ladies of the Order of the Ho…
One of many crosses carried along
One of many crosses carried along
Procession in the main square
Procession in the main square
Who are they?
Who are they?
Procession in the main square
Procession in the main square
The canopy arrives in a cloud of i…
The canopy arrives in a cloud of …
The archbishop under the canopy
The archbishop under the canopy
The procession continues to its fi…
The procession continues to its f…
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