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Corpus Christi in Seville

Corpus Christi is a Latin expression meaning Body of Christ. It is a catholic festivity in which homage is paid to the transformation of wine and bread into the blood and body of Jesus that takes place in the Eucharist (mass). The act is called CONSAGRATION

Why do we believe in it? Because of the words of Jesus at the Last Supper: ‘... Jesus took bread and blessed it, and when he had broken it, he gave it to his disciples and said, ’Take, eat, this is my body. Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood..... ‘’

Corpus Christi began to be celebrated in Liège (Belgium) in the 13th century. In Seville it has been solemnly celebrated since the 15th century with a procession and other events.

It has no fixed date: The festivity is 60 days after Easter Sunday, that is, the first Thursday after 9 weeks. The festivity has been changed throughout Spain to the following Sunday, but remains on Thursday in the cities of Toledo, Granada and Seville.

One of the curiosities is the Danza de los Seises: The Seises are a group of ten children who perform a dance in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral of Seville at various times, one of which is Corpus Christi.

If you want to see it, here are the instructions:

  • Entrance to the Cathedral through the Puerta de los Palos and San Miguel.

  • From Thursday 30 May to Thursday 6 June 2024.

  • Timetable: 17:30 hours (access from 16:45 hours), except on Thursday after mass (10:15 hours approximately, access from 7:30 hours).

  • Price: free admission.

The procession leaves the Cathedral at 8:30 a.m. through the Puerta de San Miguel and goes through the centre of the city until midday. The procession is made up of representatives of Seville's brotherhoods, ecclesiastical, civil and military authorities and a number of pasos, including Saint Ferdinand and Saints Justa and Rufina, patron saints of the city.

The procession concludes with the Holy Thorn, a reliquary which, according to tradition, carries a small fragment of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore, and with the Monstrance, an impressive 16th century goldsmith's work that carries a consecrated host (piece of bread).

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