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Gallery of the Uniforms of the Brotherhoods
8. Brotherhood of Centurion Longinos
12. Brotherhood Our Father Jesus of Nazareth
15. Brotherhood of the Holiest Christ of the Distressed
These brotherhoods, above and below, take their names from corresponding images of Christ on the Cross - in Catholisism there are numerous images of the same crucifixion, all carrying a different message to the viewer.
19. Brotherhood of the Holiest Christ of Harmony
23. Brotherhood of the Holiest Mary of the Anguished
A special word is due here on these uniforms which are unique to Valencia and won't be found anywhere else in Spain. What do the Napoleonic era grenadiers have to do with Christ's Passions?
The Napoleonic invasion of Spain was the most brutal war this country has seen before or since, and the post-revolution French were not particularly religious. Yet, during the occupation of Valencia, a regiment of grenadiers was assigned by the French command to protect the image of the Virgin of the Forsaken in the Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados from the looters, as a sign of respect for local customs.
Catholicism always remembers the Mother's Pain and the Virgin plays a very big role in the rituals. In the middle of a brutal war, this sign of mercy and respect conquered the hearts of Valencians so much, that now the Semana Santa Marinera has three brotherhoods as a tribute to those grenadiers. You will notice that all three units are dedicated to the Virgin.
27. Brotherhood of the Holy Silence
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