Corpo de Deus

Procession returns to the streets of Funchal tonight

Corpo de Deus -  the procession was limited to the area next to the Cathedral of Funchal last year
Last year, the Corpo de Deus procession was limited to the area next to the Cathedral of Funchal

The Diario reports that after an interregnum dictated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the celebrations associated with Corpo de Deus in Madeira once again have the splendour of other times, namely with the open-air mass in Praça do Município/Largo do Colégio and the procession after the mass to go some of the main streets in the centre of Funchal.

This was guaranteed to the newspaper by Marcos Gonçalves, who, in addition to being parish priest of the Cathedral, is responsible for communication in the Diocese of Funchal. The canon says that today’s Corpo de Deus celebrations will begin with a “time of adoration” to the Blessed Sacrament, starting at 1:30 pm, in the Church of São Pedro.

At 6:00 pm, an open-air mass takes place in Praça do Município/Largo do Colégio, presided over by D. Nuno Brás, Bishop of Funchal, which will be followed by the emblematic procession, which, as mentioned, will again travel through some of the main streets of the city.

Wikipedia explains that The Feast of Corpus Christi (‘Day of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ the Lord’), also known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is a Christian liturgical solemnity celebrating the Real Presence of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in the elements of the Eucharist; it is observed by the Latin Church, in addition to certain Western Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican churches. It is a public holiday in Madeira

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