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Taken from Lat. procedo (go forth), the word “procession” is used in the church for an orderly march of believers who give bodily expression to their prayerfulness by striding ahead, at times by leaps and bounds. The sense of fellowship and common fulfillment enhances the intensity of the act.

Processions that express in movement the human striving after God occur in all religions. With prayer, song, and music, they lead into the presence of the deity and bring the deity into the life and working world of…

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Heinz, Andreas, “Processions”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.151>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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