Corpus Christi procession in Appenzell


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Description

Commemorating the institution of the Sacrament of the Altar, or the Eucharist, the Feast of Corpus Christi has been enshrined in the Catholic calendar ten days after Pentecost since the High Middle Ages. While in most cantons the day is a normal working day, in Appenzell Innerrhoden it remains an important Catholic holiday celebrated with a procession distinctive by its Baroque colours. Members of the clergy in ceremonial robes carry the consecrated Host in the monstrance under a canopy, accompanied by the “Herrgottsgrenadieren” (the Grenadiers of the Lord God). The procession that follows comprises banner bearers from church and secular associations, local cadets, Junkers, members of local authorities, church elders and church choirs, altar servers, first communicants, local scout groups, musicians, women wearing traditional dress and Corpus Christi groups. Spectators are particularly impressed by the large body of women in traditional dress and the 15 “Täfelimeedle”. These young women wear the black and white dress of unmarried females and carry the wooden signs painted with the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary.

Image gallery

  • “Täfelimeedle” women carrying the Mysteries of the rosary on wooden signs in the Appenzell Corpus Christi procession of 2002 © Marc Hutter/Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden
  • Corpus Christi service at St Antonius School in Appenzell, ca 1990 © Marc Hutter/Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden
  • The priest with the consecrated Host under the canopy in the Appenzell Corpus Christi procession of 2002 © Marc Hutter/Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden
  • Corpus Christi procession on Weissbadstrasse, Appenzell; women in the formal traditional Innerrhoden dress, 2002 © Marc Hutter/Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden
  • Foreign workers from Spain and Italy taking part in the Appenzell Corpus Christi procession, ca 1960 © Emil Grubenmann sen./Museum Appenzell
  • Final blessing in St Mauritius Parish Church, Appenzell Corpus Christi procession, 2002 © Marc Hutter/Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden
  • The route of the Corpus Christi procession in Appenzell © Museum Appenzell
  • “Täfelimeedle” women carrying the Mysteries of the rosary on wooden signs in the Appenzell Corpus Christi procession of 2002 © Marc Hutter/Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden
  • Corpus Christi service at St Antonius School in Appenzell, ca 1990 © Marc Hutter/Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden
  • The priest with the consecrated Host under the canopy in the Appenzell Corpus Christi procession of 2002 © Marc Hutter/Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden
  • Corpus Christi procession on Weissbadstrasse, Appenzell; women in the formal traditional Innerrhoden dress, 2002 © Marc Hutter/Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden
  • Foreign workers from Spain and Italy taking part in the Appenzell Corpus Christi procession, ca 1960 © Emil Grubenmann sen./Museum Appenzell
  • Final blessing in St Mauritius Parish Church, Appenzell Corpus Christi procession, 2002 © Marc Hutter/Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden
  • The route of the Corpus Christi procession in Appenzell © Museum Appenzell

References and documentation

Publications
  • Thomas Antonietti, Birgit Langenegger: Tracht tragen. Appenzell Lötschental überall. Baden, 2006

  • Ferdinand Fuchs: Das Religiöse Brauchtum in Innerrhoden. In Innerrhoder Geschichtsfreund 22. Appenzell, 1977/1978

  • Ferdinand Fuchs: Fronleichnam. In: Unser Innerrhoden. Von Josef Küng, Ferdinand Fuchs, Roland Inauen, Oskar Keller, Joe Manser, Edi Moser, Alfred Sutter. Appenzell, 2003

  • Franz Stark: 900 Jahre Kirche und Pfarrei St. Mauritius Appenzell. Appenzell, 1971

Documentation