1. The act of proceeding, moving on, advancing, or issuing; regular, orderly, or ceremonious progress; continuous course.
That the procession of their life might be
More equable, majestic, pure, and free. --Trench.
2. That which is moving onward in an orderly, stately, or solemn manner; a train of persons advancing in order; a ceremonious train; a retinue; as, a procession of mourners; the Lord Mayor's procession.
Here comes the townsmen on procession. --Shak.
3. Eccl. An orderly and ceremonial progress of persons, either from the sacristy to the choir, or from the choir around the church, within or without.
4. pl. Eccl. An old term for litanies which were said in procession and not kneeling.
Procession of the Holy Ghost, a theological term applied to the relation of the Holy Spirit to the Father and the Son, the Eastern Church affirming that the Spirit proceeds from the Father only, and the Western Church that the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. --Shipley.
Procession week, a name for Rogation week, when processions were made; Cross-week. --Shipley.
Pro·ces·sion, v. t. Law To ascertain, mark, and establish the boundary lines of, as lands. [Local, U. S. (North Carolina and Tennessee).] “To procession the lands of such persons as desire it.”
Pro·ces·sion, v. i. To march in procession. [R.]
Pro·ces·sion, v. i. To honor with a procession. [R.]
n 1: (theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost;
"the emanation of the Holy Spirit"; "the rising of the
Holy Ghost"; "the doctrine of the procession of the Holy
Spirit from the Father and the Son" [syn: emanation, rise]
2: the group action of a collection of people or animals or
vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation;
"processions were forbidden"
3: the act of moving forward toward a goal [syn: progress, progression,
advance, advancement, forward motion, onward