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Processional Canopies

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A canopy is a decorative covering made of fabric, stone, wood, or metal used to crown an altar, throne, pulpit, statue, or other objects.

The phrase is often used in liturgical terminology to refer to the structure that covers an altar, which was once draped and supported by four pillars. It has two major parts: The canopy that hangs above the throne of the Church's dignitaries or princes and the cloth in which the Blessed Sacrament is occasionally carried in processions and other events.

The processional canopy is an embroidered and stiffened textile cover. During the Eucharistic procession, the canopy is utilized outside.

Canopies are available in various sizes, with a toughened top and high-quality embroidery. They're usually offered with spars that let you carry a canopy. The canopy of the Church is composed of fine materials. A Eucharistic emblem, such as a dove, a crucifix, a chalice, a host, or angels, is stitched on either side of the canopy. The canopy's top is protected from the elements by a waterproof material.

The canopy should be the same color as the rest of the garments. In Blessed Sacrament processions, two types of the canopy are used.

  1. An ombrellino is a tiny umbrella-like object that is flat rather than conical in shape. It comes with a long staff on which it may be held.
  2. The other, known as a Baldacchino, has a more complex construction and consists, in general, of a rectangular framework of rich fabric supported by four, six, or eight staves. In both situations, the covering is made of gold-colored material or white silk. The ombrellino is used to transport the Blessed Sacrament from the altar to the Baldacchino and bring it to the sick. The latter is carried by nobles of the highest rank in all public processions, with the most meritorious bearing the first staves. It is banned to transport saints' relics under the Baldacchino, but those of the Sacred Passion may be granted this honor. (This was also the sort of canopy carried over the Roman pope when he was taken on the sedia gustatory.)

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