Another German expedition, on a large scale, was despatched by the Orientgesellschaft in 1899 with the object of exploring the ruins of Babylon; the palace of Nebuchadrezzar and the great processional road were laid bare, and Dr W.
He made also a processional way past the side of the temple to the cemetery beyond, with a great gateway of granite.
This entrance communicated with a corridor showing frescoes of a processional character.
The latter must have served as the processional entrance.
Inside, with stone gateways front and back, showing that it was of the processional type.
The chief actors in the ceremony were Augustus himself and his colleague Agrippa, - while, as the extant record tells us, the processional hymn, chanted by youths and maidens first before the new temple of Apollo on the Palatine and then before the temple of Jupiter on the Capitol, was composed by Horace.
Their duties are chiefly processional, the junior or sub-bedel being the official attendant on the vice-chancellor, before whom he bears a silver mace.
At present funeral processions survive in general only in the country districts; the processional cross or crucifix is still carried.
The most common forms, however, are the processional litanies, and the solemn entry of clergy and choir into the church, which on festivals is accompanied by the singing of a processional hymn, their exit being similarly accompanied by the chanting of the Nunc Dimittis.
In this connexion the use of the processional cross, banners and lights has been largely revived.
Spirito are two paintings by Luca Signorelli, the "Crucifixion" and the "Day of Pentecost," originally intended for a processional banner.