Corpus Christi Procession by Iwona Biedermann

The Corpus Christi celebration in Chicago is an example of how the polish immigrants bring and cultivate their religious and cultural traditions. In Chicago, there is no official holiday that Thursday and many parishes serving polish community celebrate Corpus Christi on Sunday after the mass.

The photographs below are from procession organized by Holy Trinity Church, which became a Polish Mission in 1987. The church has served the community since 1872, and all services are offered in the Polish language.

During the procession, traffic is stopped on Division and Ashland, while girls are scattering flower petals and participants stop to pray at temporary shrines.

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