Good Friday: The Procession of the Dead Christ

The Procession of the Dead Christ is an evocative religious event organized by the “Confraternita di Santa Croce della Foce” (Saint Cross of the Gorge Confraternity) and takes place the evening of Good Friday. Different Confraternities walk through the ancient city centre streets, dressed in typical costumes, white hoods  ( “sacconi”), along with the statue of “Christ” ( a valuable wooden sculpture dating back to  '600)  and of “Our Lady of Sorrows”,  the ancient wooden  “rosary “ with 33 beads  (used by pilgrims to whip themselves in penance for the redemption of their sins), the large crosses are symbolic of the passion. The evocative silence is broken by the sound of the "battistrangole"  (musical instruments) and by the “Miserere”, a very ancient group chant of penance, orally passed down from generations , while the darkness is lit up by torch light and by the “focaroni” (big bond fires).

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