from April 03, 2017 to April 24, 2017

Palm Sunday

The procession of Misteri (The Mysteries) has the clear aim of introducing the devotees into the atmosphere of the Holy Week, preparing them specifically to the Easter Triduum, when betrayal, arrest, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus are enacted.
The first act of the Easter Passion Play is held on Palm Sunday. Early in the morning, every parish church in town commemorates the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem with a procession of devotees waving palm branches elegantly intertwined with ancient craftsmanship.

After the liturgy, at midday, the brothers of the Confraternity of Nostra Signora della Solitudine (Our Lady of Solitude) meet each others at the Church of San Giovanni Battista in the district of Villanova, their seat. Some brothers wearing the penitential sackcloth carefully remove the beautiful life-size crucifix from its chapel and lay it on the opposite side of the church.
The crucifix is then exposed to the devotees' worship, while the massa (choir) of San Giovanni performs some solemn songs. On Holy Wednesday, the simulacrum is lovingly washed and perfumed by the sisters, within a semi-public ceremony.

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