from March 14, 2016 to April 03, 2016

Easter Monday

The procession in which the Confraternity of Gonfalone (Flag) carries the simulacrum of Sant'Efisio  by G. A. Lonis from its seat in Stampace up to the cathedral, on Easter Monday, is an interlude in Holy Week rites.

The origin of the ceremony goes back to 1793, when the warrior martyr is believed to have saved Cagliari from the french siege by Admiral Troguet, at the time of the great Jacobin revolution. The cortege of brothers and sisters leaves the church of Sant'Efisio at 08.00 a.m. and reaches the hill of Castello stopping at the Capuchins church. There, the statue is laid at the foot of the main altar, on the outer side of a grating that separates the public area from the monastery, where the nuns sing some hymns in honour of the martyr.

Then, the procession starts again and passes through the Lions Gate and the Eagle's Gate, opened in the ancient southern ramparts of Castello, to reach the cathedral and attend to the solemn mass in fulfilment of the vow. Eventually, after the singing of is goccius (hymns), the cortege takes its way  back to the church of Sant'Efisio, following the same itinerary.

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