from April 03, 2017 to April 24, 2017

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 cortège 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 cortège takes its way back to the church of Sant'Efisio, following the same itinerary.

2017 programme:

Confraternity of  Sant'Efisio

Sant’Efisio votive procession from the Church of Sant’Anna to the Cathedral

8:00 am, Church of Sant'Anna

At the arrival in piazzetta Sant’Efisio, ceremony of blessing of the oxen that tow the coach of Saint Efisio during the 361st Feast of Sant’Efisio.

Santa Maria Chiara Committee

Solemn transfer of the statue of Santa Maria Chiara in Monte Claro from its crape to the Church of San Pietro Apostolo.

8.00 pm

Chapel of Santa Maria Chiara in Monte Claro, via Cadello, via Santa Maria Chiara, via Legnano, via Riva Villa Santa, via Chiesa, piazza Chiesa, Church of San Pietro Apostolo.

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