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Thursday 09 MAY 2013
Bruges Centre

According to legend, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, took some of Christ’s blood and preserved it while washing His body after the descent from the cross. In 1203, during the 4th crusade, the imperial city of Constantinople was taken by the crusaders and Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders, became the new emperor. At that time there were a number of relics in Constantinople connected with the suffering of Christ. It is likely that some of those relics were sent to Flanders by the Count. There is an old legend that Derrick of Alsace, the Count of Flanders, brought the relic of the Holy Blood of Christ to the Basilius chapel on the Burg on April 7th 1150.



The relic consists of coagulated blood kept in a rock-crystal flask, obviously cut the way they did in Constantinople during the 12th century. From 1303 this relic was carried around the city walls in what was known as the HOLY BLOOD PROCESSION. In this official event, guildsmen, artisans, marksmen, city councilors and especially the clergy were involved.




This event will take place every year on Ascension Day (9 May 2013 - 29 May 2014 - 14 May 2015)

8.30 - 10.15 a.m.

Veneration of the Relic at the Basilica of the Holy Blood (Burg)

11 a.m. Pontifical High Mass at St.Saviour’s Cathedral (Steenstraat)
2.30 - 6 p.m. Procession of the Holy Blood (passing each point along the route for nearly one hour and a half)
6 p.m. Benediction with the Relic on the Burg, followed by veneration of the Relic at the Basilica of the Holy Blood

Reservation for Numbered Seats

Grandstands: € 12 per person
Grandstands: (senioren +55) € 10,75
Benches: € 4 per person
Benches: (senioren +55) € 3,50

Groups (+20 persons):
Grandstands: € 10,75 per person
Benches: € 3,50 per person

+ mailing costs

Tickets are available
In&Uit Brugge ticket desk
[Concertgebouw], ’t Zand, 8000 Brugge
Open: every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Sunday and public holidays: 10 a.m. to 2pm
Railway reduction: Rail passengers can also benefit from the NMBS weekend fare!

Don't miss out on this event! See here our photos from 2003


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we are not responsible for any errors in this information. Please inform us immediately if anything is inaccurate.


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