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Thursday, 26 June 2014

An One-Day-Weekend

Dear friends,

Exactly one week ago we had one day off almost in the middle of the week :) Last Thursday all Polish people - actually all the Catholic people out there - celebrated one of the national holidays: The Feast of Corpus Christi. Both me and my adorable husband had the day off and we spent it out in the sun. As usual, the days of the week and sunny and gay and the weekend are 99% of the time rainy, so we decided to make the most of it and have a walk. It feels nice to have an one-day-weekend and then work another day and then have the usual weekend... it also has it downsides though: makes you have less productivity on Friday and you wish for an extra day off :)))
The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), also known as Corpus Domini, is a Latin Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the tradition and belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ and his Real Presence in the Eucharist. It emphasizes the joy of the institution of the Eucharist, which was observed on Holy Thursday in the somber atmosphere of the nearness of Good Friday. In the present Roman Missal, the feast is designated the solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
It is also celebrated in some Anglican, Lutheran, and Old Catholic Churches that hold similar beliefs regarding the Real Presence. The feast is liturgically celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday or, "where the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is not a holy day of obligation, it is assigned to the Sunday after the Most Holy Trinity as its proper day". At the end of Holy Mass, there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, generally displayed in a monstrance. The procession is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A notable Eucharistic procession is that presided over by the Pope each year in Rome, where it begins at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and makes its way to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, where it concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Both The LadyBug and The Moose joined us and after a walk in the Krakow Planty - one of the largest city parks in Kraków. It encircles the Stare Miasto (Old Town), where the Medieval city walls used to stand until the early 19th century. The historic Old Town is not to be confused with the Administrative District No. 1 Stare Miasto extending further east.
The park has an area of 21,000 square metres (52 acres) and a length of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi). It consists of a chain of thirty smaller gardens designed in varied styles and adorned with numerous monuments and fountains. The park forms a scenic walkway popular with Cracovians. In summer, sprinkled with ponds and refreshment stalls, it is a cool and shady retreat from the nearby bustling streets.
The weather was so lovely and warm - and we felt so blessed and kissed by the sun - that we stopped for a beer/orange juice :) The LadyBug and The Moose fooled around and I have to tell you that The Moose does not regularly drink beer, nor does he smoke - I think Marek might have influenced him... The LadyBug wanted to give beer a chance but she thought she may get dizzy as the weather was so hot, so she turned to the orange juice - followed closely by The Moose, who wanted to check the juice as well... I think he gets too protective with The LadyBug ;))) The beer was made in Czech Republic so The Moose wanted a photo of him drinking - as a special dedication to our friend living in Brno :) See you soon Roxana :* How about you lads/lasses? Have you celebrated Corpus Christi? Did you have a day off? How do you feel about one-day-weekends?

Yours truly,
A Sun-kissed LadyBug