IT HAD all the solemnity, reverence and rapture of a service at Sheffield’s Catholic cathedral, but it was outside - and on the move.
Some 400 people jammed into Norfolk Row outside St Marie’s at the start of the city’s annual Corpus Christi procession, a feast day dating back to the 13th Century.
They knelt as the Right Reverend John Rawsthorne, Bishop of Hallam, swung a thurible to incense the Blessed Sacrament before the procession got under way.
Led by 26 youngsters with handbells and scattering petals, and to the sound of processional hymns being sung, it set off for a temporary altar in Tudor Square.
A four-pole canopy, decorated umbrellas and bright candles added a splash of colour.
The procession stopped at the Peace Gardens, Town Hall and Fargate before ending in Barker’s Pool.