Yecla Semana Santa 2013
Semana Santa Yecla, 2013
The Semana Santa (Holy week) religious celebrations in Yecla date back to the XVI century and include the traditional "Sermones de Cuaresma" (Sermons of Lent).
The first records regarding Cofradias in Yecla relate to the Cofradía, Sangre de Jesús (The Blood of Jesus) which were linked to the penitence and support of the preaching of S. Vicente Ferrer and the Dominicans. The next to appear is the Cofradia of the Hermandad de la Cruz (The Brotherhood of the Cross) or of Vera Cruz, linked to the Franciscans who in that period set up a monastery in Yecla. There is also the Ntra. Sra. de la Soledad Cofradia (our Lady of Solitude) which had members from the nobility and rich families, as is the case in many other localities throughout Spain. The processions featuring penitents who covered their faces and wore tunics commenced in the XVII century.
The most popular procession in the modern day Semana santa of Yecla is on Palm Sunday, (Domingo de Ramos) and it is also called Procesión de las Palmas (Procession of the palms) or "la Burrica" (the little donkey) because it includes a little donkey and is accompanied by a multitude of children and adults carrying palm leaves and olive branches.
The best known and most picturesque is the Procesión de los Farolicos del Martes Santo (The procession of the small lights on Holy Tuesday) which is for children who accompany the statue of the reclining Christ carrying the typical "Farolicos" or lanterns.
The procession which takes place on Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday), in Yecla is a very popular procession for visitors, containing 17 Pasos or statues, in the procession known as the Procesión de la Pasión del Señor (Procesión of the Passion of our Lord). More than 3,000 people take part is this procession full of light, music, flowers, art and religion. The Procesión del Silencio (Silent procession), takes place at midnight, when all the lights are turned off, and goes through the centre of the town, with only the sounds of saetas, a type of hymn sung by a lone voice , the "Saetas del Silencio" and the prayers of the participants in the Vía Crucis.
Another popular procession is the "Enterramiento de Cristo" (the burial of Christ) on Good Friday. The holy burial of Christ which consists of 17 pasos (images) starts at sun set and is one of the most emotional occasions of the Semana Santa. At midnight, the Virgen de la Soledad is accompanied to her spot in the “procesión de la Soledad” (procession of solitude) whilst the residents sing the moving "Stabat Mater Dolorosa". The night ends with “La Plática de Despedida" o "Sermón de la Soledad” (Sermon of solitude).
The most important sculptures in Yecla are the Virgen de las Angustias (BIC) created by Francisco Salzillo en 1764, as well as the statue of Santísimo Cristo de la Adoración de la Cruz by José Esteve Bonet (1800).
Semana Santa Yecla, 2013
Friday 22nd March, Viernes de Dolores
10.00pm Procesión de las 7 Palabras de Jesús en la Cruz (Procession of the 7 Words of Jesus on the cross) from the Iglesia de San Nicolás.
Saturday 23rd March, Sábado de Pasión
10.00pm Procesión de la Sangre y del Perdón (Procession of the Blood and Apology) from the Iglesia de San José Obrero
Sunday 24th March, Domingo de Ramos, Palm Sunday
11.00am Procesión de las Palmas (Procession of the Palms) from the Iglesia Vieja
Monday 25th March, Lunes Santo, Holy Monday
10.00pm Procesión Penitencial del Rosario (Procession of penitence) from the Iglesia del Niño Jesús
Tuesday 26th March, Martes Santo, Holy Tuesday
9.00pm Procesión de los Farolicos (Procession of the lanterns) from the Iglesia Vieja
Thursday 28th March, Jueves Santo, Holy Thursday
8.00pm Procesión de la Pasión ( Procession of Passion) from the Basílica de la Purísima
00.00am (Midnight), Procesión del Silencio (Procession of Silence) from the Iglesia del Hospitalico
Friday 29th March, Viernes Santo, Holy Friday
9.00am Procesión del Calvario (Procession of the Calvery) from the Basílica de la Purísima
00.00am (Midnight) Procesión de la Soledad from the Iglesia del Niño Jesús
Sunday 31st March, Domingo de Resurrección, Resurrection Sunday, Easter Sunday
10.00am Procesión del Resucitado (Procession of the Resurrection) from the Basílica de la Purísima
Programmes for Semana Santa across the Region of Murcia can be found in the dedicated Religious Murcia section of the site, accessed via the tool bar at the top of every page
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