The annual Feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated in the traditional way of the Hallam Diocese, when Bishop Ralph led a procession through the streets of Sheffield.

  The procession began at St Marie’s Cathedral.  The Bishop placed incense in two thuribles.  He then incensed the Blessed Sacrament before the procession began.

  The group processed, singing hymns and praying.  They stopped at four altars around the city centre.  At each stop a hymn was sung, the words of the gospel were proclaimed, the group prayed together and then received a blessing.



Each stop had a theme.  The first altar focussed on the Eucharist as a sacrificial offering.  At the second stop, the emphasis was on the Eucharist as food for the soul.  The third stop reflected on the Eucharist as the promise of eternal life.  The fourth altar rejoiced in the Eucharist as the sacrament of the unity of the Church.

The procession then arrived back at the Cathedral for a final benediction.

Photographs courtesy of Philip Bailey