Some processions will have biblical characters
in the middle, usually carrying symbols.
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The heart of the procession, the very core is the imagen
- a sacred sculpture of a Biblical scene, elevated on a high stand, to
which the Brotherhood is dedicated. The imagen
also gives the meaning to the procession, it can act as the main actor
of the stage. For example the Encounter of Mouther and Son Resurrected
on Easter Sunday is a ritual
of two imagenes brought close together - one of Mary and one of Jesus.
is always a musical band in a procession, usually
percussion and wind. It can range anywhere from a single solemn drum in
the Procession of Silence to
something like the photo on the left.
Children are usually included in the processions too, often having their
own little part of space.
Some processions invite any willing followers
to tail at the back with torches and/or candles.
What kind of processions are there
There are various kinds of Semana Santa processions, each having their
own meaning, purpose and rules:
This procession announces the coming festivities on the first
day of the celebrations.
Occur on Palm Sunday (1 week
before the Easter Sunday) and commemorate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.
They are jubilant, happy processions with lots of palm leaves, images
of Jesus on the donkey. The members of Brotherhoods don't wear hats.
A general religious procession. These processions move the sacred imagenes
from museum/church to the home of the Brotherhood,
as a preparation for Easter processions. They usually happen over the
few days before Good Friday. After the Easter there are "reverse"
Processions of Silence
These take place the night before
Good Friday to mourn for the capture of Christ in the gardens of Gethsemany.
They are silent, tragic processions late at night, the faces are covered
and the only music is a solemn drum.
On the morning of Good Friday
many processions will walk in the footsteps of Christ to Golgotha carrying
imagenes of His Passion, commemorating
His whole path with 14 stations.
Procession of Glory / Encounter with Mother
These take place on Sunday of Resurrection, celebrating the Easter
Sunday. They are jubilant processions with no faces covered, usually
carrying imagenes of Jesus and
Mary, and including an encounter of those imagenes.
General Processions / Collective Acts
They are the most spectacular processions of the Semana Santa as they
involve all of the Brotherhoods together, in full colours. These are the
highlight of the Semana Santa. There are 3 general processions: Act
of Prophecy, The Procession of the Holy
Burial and the Parade of Resurrection
- on Holy Thursday, Good
Friday and Easter Sunday
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