Reader Carl from Belgium sent me a WAGONLOAD of great photos. I will post them here in two installments. Today you will see some great scenes from the annual "Holy Blood Procession" in Bruges. The photos might be from different years, but I am pretty sure that most if not all of them are from the 30ies. Enjoy!
UPDATE: Carl sent in some information about the procession: The chapter of St. Salvator is receiving every year foreign bishops and cardinals who venerate the precious blood. The brotherhood of the precious blood is the oldest in Belgium and has many noble lords from old families who each year are responsible for the organization of the veneration of the relic.
The procession goes on Ascension-day in the city in the afternoon and starts at the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Still today thousands of pilgrims come to see this procession. There is a beautiful and famous picture of Kardinal Woytila bearing the relic of the blood as archbishop of Krakow in 1974. Tradition says that the canons and the prelates need to take the relic themselves on their shoulders during the procession.
Every year the abbot from the Benedectine abbey and the abbey of Westvleteren is invited too. Today the bishops are dressed without cope and miter. The pictures are taken at a stage where they can see the procession before they participate. They are wearing red copes that date from the 17th century.