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The Ascension procession of Beromünster

Decades ago, Ascension processions were widespread in the Catholic regions of Switzerland. Today, only canton Lucerne continues the tradition. The biggest, oldest and most well-known procession is held in and around the town of Beromünster.

The focus of the procession is the local priest, who carries the Blessed Sacrament (the vessel containing the consecrated Host), escorted by soldiers on horseback, and accompanied by a brass band, the church choir, crosses and flags. As in the case of a Corpus Christi procession, the group stops at several predetermined locations so that sermons and readings can be held. In the early afternoon, to the sound of bells, the procession solemnly enters the town. The celebration ends with a blessing in front of the parish church.
(Photo: Keystone, RDB)

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