2019 Program Via Crucis of Marsala
2019 Program Via Crucis of Marsala
2019 Program Via Crucis of Marsala

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2019 PROGRAM VIA CRUCIS OF MARSALA


2019 Program Via Crucis of Marsala

 

Written by Luca Sciacchitano -

From: 18/04/2019 - To: 18/04/2019
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One of the most significant moments of Holy Thursday in the province of Trapani is certainly the Via Crucis of Marsala ritual and takes place through the streets of the historic center after leaving in the early afternoon from the Church of Sant’Anna.<br><br>What fascinates visitors the most is not only the religious character, but the theatrical aspect of the representation of the Passion of Christ, because it is not a procession with living characters that are fixed and immobile, but the characters are real actors who play a role and in some cases even interact with the audience present.<br><br>The origins of this representation are secular, but it has undergone a new impulse after the Council of Trent (1563) which started a vast work of Catholic Counter-Reformation, revitalizing some rites of the Catholic tradition such as the Via Crucis, but we have to wait for the second half from the XVIII century so that the ritual of the Via Crucis Marsalese took the forms we know today.<br><br>The rite of the Via Crucis of Marsala consists of 6 groups, one of which is not animated, because it represents the simulacrum of the Dead Christ.<br><br>All the characters wear period costumes and recite uncovered.<br><br>The procession of the groups is preceded by a trumpeter and by a drummer always in costume who attract the attention of the visitors who crowd the two sides of the streets.<br><br>Closes the religious procession as always the Madonna Addolorata, which comes out in procession also on Good Friday accompanied by the musical band that performs the funeral marches.<br><br><div class="videoWrapper"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/h9HdaCEAt7w" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div><br><br><b><font size="4">THE SACRED GROUPS</font></b><br><br>1) "Jesus with the Apostles" Represents Jesus´ entry into Jerusalem and the dialogues with the apostles.<br>2) "The capture of Jesus" represents the moment in which Jesus is arrested by the soldiers of Caiaphas; according to tradition he would have been arrested at midnight on Thursday.<br>3) "Jesus before Herod" Represents the time when Jesus is questioned by Herod before his ministers.<br>4) "Jesus before Pilate" Represents the moment in which together with Barabbas he is subjected to the choice by man on which of the two must be crucified;<br>5) "Jesus with the cross" Represents Christ who falls under the weight of the cross and is the most dramatic moment of all the passion, because the Christ after receiving 123 blows of flagellation, brings the lost of the cross for two hours.<br>6) "Dead Christ" It is a simulacrum representing the Dead Christ on a sheet worn by some girls dressed in black. Jesus died around 3:00 pm on Good Friday and remained on the cross for a full 6 hours, until he was laid down and taken to the tomb.<br><br>(Texts Giuseppe Puglia)<br><br><br>

 

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