In the parish of St Anthony of Padua in the city of Natal, located in the north-eastern region of Brazil, the popular Corpus Christi festivity has become a great gesture of solidarity.
The carpet of flowers, created annually by the faithful, has seen a new version. The floral decorations of the traditional Corpus Christi procession have been turned into original compositions of support and help.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the carpet was made from food donated by the faithful to be offered to poor families in the community.
According to Father Marcelo Coutinho, the parish had the idea of making the Corpus Christi carpets as solidarity carpets, with the generous participation of all the faithful.
The parish priest explained: “We will transform this carpet into ‘sacolões’, [large bags] which we will distribute to the needy families of our community.”