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Europe from the West

BY

MRS. KIRKLAND,
AUTHOR OF “A NEW HOME,FOREST LIFE," ETC.

VOL. II.

C NEW YORK:

BAKER AND SCRIBNER,
145 NASSAU STREET AND 36 PARK ROW.

1849.

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HARVARD UNIVERSITY {"BRARY

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BAKER AND SCRIBNER,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

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HOLIDAYS ABROAD.

CORPUS DOMINI.

THURSDAY, JUNE 22.—We have just returned from witnessing the ceremonies of Corpus Domini, one of the most imposing of all the festivals of the Romish Church. It commenced at eight o'clock, and we were fortunate in securing seats in the colonnade of St. Peter's, through the whole length of which it passed, the arc of the semicircle being sheltered from the sun by awnings decorated with wreaths and drapery, while the way was thickly strewn with fine sand intermixed with box and myrtle. All the clergy and religious orders take part in this ceremony, with the cardinals and high functionaries of government; so that we had the best possible opportunity of seeing every variety of official and religious costume. The 'monks were of nearly all the orders-Dominican, Franciscan, Benedictine, Carmelite, those of St. Vincent de Paul, and others, all marked in some peculiar way, far more picturesque than beautiful. The Franciscans wear the beard at full length, while the top of the head is shaven ; some other order a mere ring or crown of hair,

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