Holy Week
Settimana Santa 8 - Elio Camerlingo

One of the most appealing times to visit Enna is definitely Holy Week. The rites of which date back to the time of Spanish domination. It is a grand event that attracts thousands of tourists from around the world. The ceremonies connected to Holy Week are, in fact, among the most evocative of Sicilian Easter traditions. The celebrations begin with Palm Sunday when the fifteen brotherhoods (for the most part survivors from most numerous of long ago), parade in a mystical silence through the streets of the city in their particular Spanish costumes and with the sounds of funeral marches sung by the band. In the early afternoon on Good Friday, the peak of the celebration, the brotherhoods depart from their churches to reach the Cathedral. Over two thousand hooded brethren lead the procession with a typical gait called “annacata” on a route lit by torches while accompanying the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows and the urn with the dead Christ to the cemetery, carried on their shoulders between prayers, devotion and laments. From the cemetery, the sad and solemn procession continues on its way to the Cathedral. Enna Holy Week ends with devotional rites of “Peace” when on Easter Sunday people wait in the cathedral square for the meeting between the risen Christ and the Mother. The joyful “Spartenza” is when the two statues, of Christ and His Mother, are back in their own church. The separation of the two statues is done on Low Sunday when, in a scenic spot at Lombardia Castle, the clergy performs the blessing of the fields.

 

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! One of the most appealing times to visit Enna is definitely Holy Week. The rites of which date back to the time of Spanish domination. It is a grand event that attracts thousands of tourists from around the world. The ceremonies connected to Holy Week are, in fact, among the most evocative of Sicilian Easter traditions. The celebrations begin with Palm Sunday when the fifteen brotherhoods (for the most part survivors from most numerous of long ago), parade in a mystical silence through the streets of the city in their particular Spanish costumes and with the sounds of funeral marches sung by the band. In the early afternoon on Good Friday, the peak of the celebration, the brotherhoods depart from their churches to reach the Cathedral. Over two thousand hooded brethren lead the procession with a typical gait called “annacata” on a route lit by torches while accompanying the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows and the urn with the dead Christ to the cemetery, carried on their shoulders between prayers, devotion and laments. From the cemetery, the sad and solemn procession continues on its way to the Cathedral. Enna Holy Week ends with devotional rites of “Peace” when on Easter Sunday people wait in the cathedral square for the meeting between the risen Christ and the Mother. The joyful “Spartenza” is when the two statues, of Christ and His Mother, are back in their own church. The separation of the two statues is done on Low Sunday when, in a scenic spot at Lombardia Castle, the clergy performs the blessing of the fields.    

 

 


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