On the Sunday afternoon of the Infiorata in Itri, people come from far and wide to see the beautiful carpet of flower petals created for the Feast of Corpus Domini. In this instance I think I will allow the photos to speak for themselves …….
This is the butterfly design that Kay and I helped out on ……..
We walked down the old cobble stones of the ancient Via Appia (Corso Appia Claudio) and peeked down a narrow alleyway to see yet more colourful designs.
An altar had been carefully set up along the way side. The solemn Corpus Domini Procession was on its way.
The priest walked under an ornate embroidered canopy, his shoulders covered with a silk cloak, the ends of which he used to prevent his hands from touching the sacred sacrament that was held aloft in a special holder. He paused at intervals along the way to say prayers and bless the various districts of the town.
As the procession wound its way around the town, we chose made our way back to Via della Repubblica where a podium had been set up for the culmination of the ceremony. Finally the procession arrived here lead by young children who had recently make their First Communion and the members of the town’s band..
Prayers were once again said and in due course the priest blessed the town and all its inhabitants.
At the close of the ceremony, the priest and his group of little angels proceeded to walk over the painstakingly prepared carpet of flowers back towards the parish church.
It seemed such a crying shame that the beautiful floral tapestry would be destroyed after so many hours of painstaking work by the teams of volunteers. However by the following day, all was dutifully swept away, indeed there was little to show that it had even taken place.
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott
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