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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Holy Blood Procession in Bruges

The Procession of the Holy Blood is a large religious procession, dating back to the Middle Ages, which takes place each Ascension Day in Bruges, Belgium.

Patrick Bernauw tells us about the historical tradition of Bruges saying that after the descent from the Cross, Joseph of Arimathea took some of His blood and preserved it. Thierry of Alsace, Count of Flanders, received the relic in the Holy Land and brought it to Bruges. The Precious Blood arrived in Bruges, together with the Count, his wife Sybilla of Anjou and the abbot of Saint Bertin on April 7th 1150. The oldest document however, concerning this Holy Grail of Bruges, dates back to 1256.


Bob Johnson said...

Again a very interesting and informative post. Would be too cool to see the procession live.

alan said...

nice article

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