Good Friday Trans and Procession of the Mysteries island Procida with Procidatour Good Friday Trans and Procession of the Mysteries island Procida with Procidatour
Good Friday Trans and Procession of the Mysteries island Procida with Procidatour
 
 
 
Holiday house Island Procida Procidatour Procida, Naples, ItalyHome
Holiday house Island Procida Procidatour Procida, Naples, Italy Island Procida
 
Holiday house Island Procida Procidatour Procida, Naples, ItalyHoliday Homes
 
Holiday house Island Procida Procidatour Procida, Naples, ItalyUtils
 
 
     
 
Good Friday Trans and Procession of the Mysteries island Procida with Procidatour
     
 
     
 

The most suggestive moment of the Settimana Santa, both for the islanders and for the numerous tourists that hasten there every year, is surely Good Friday.
In fact, when the sun rises on the Friday before Easter the famous procession of the Mysteries organized by the brotherhood of the "Turchini's" founded in 1629 by the Jesuit fathers begins.
This is a procession that totally involves the whole island, both in its preparation and in its carrying out.
In reality, for all Procidans the procession immediately begins in the months preceding Ash Wednesday. Young people and older people get organized in groups to plan the Mysteries, which are plastic structures carried by people which represent scenes of the life and death of Jesus.

 
Good Friday Trans and Procession of the Mysteries island Procida with Procidatour
     

   
Good Friday Trans and Procession of the Mysteries island Procida with Procidatour
 
Good Friday Trans and Procession of the Mysteries island Procida with Procidatour
 
Every group works in one of the many island front doors that become the true points of social aggregation in the Procidan winter. Everything is submitted to imagination and creativeness.
On the day of the procession all participants (around three thousand!) wear a white habit surmounted by a "mozzetta", or mantle, of blue colour - These are generally jealously guarded by every Procidan family.
The procession begins in the little square in front of the abbey of St. Michele Arcangelo from where the oldest brotherhood of the Turchinis proceeds to the so-called "Chiamata" (Call) of the Mysteries.
The procession opens with the consuming sound of a trumpet and the answer by 3 hits of a drum in memory of the sound that accompanied the death row inmates in ancient Rome: this is the call it is possible to hear everywhere on the island in the night between Thursday and Friday and that will accompany the religious procession for all of its duration together with the notes of the band's funeral march.
Immediately afterwards come the flag with the writing SPQR, the chains (a symbol of the capture of Christ), the various Mysteries, some realized year by year and others fixed, guarded near the abbey.
The procession is closed by the ancient statue of Our Lady of Sorrows followed by little angels, newborn children wearing very beautiful, particular black costumes with gold embroidery, and by the statue of the dead Christ preceded by the pallium: a funeral canopy supported by the representatives of the Procidan Military Marines.
     
   

The famous wooden statue of the dead Christ, a work of the Neapolitan sculptor Carmine Lantriceni (1728), is guarded near the Church of Saint Tommaso where the Brotherhood of the Turchini's have their headquarters.
On Friday morning, a procession of believers that recite the Misteries is conducted to the abbey of St. Michele from where the procession has its beginning.
After having followed the historical path, the procession of the Mysteries finishes at the port of Marina Grande while the statues of the dead Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows are brought back to the abbey of St. Michele Arcangelo, where in the early afternoon, the famous religious function of agony is celebrated.
In the evening there is an even more suggestive moment with the torchlight procession that accompanies the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows and that of the dead Christ to "their" church of St. Tommaso.
Good Friday, therefore, is not only a procession: it is the choral movement of a people that has its roots in an ancient past.
In fact, wherever you are in the world, all seamen will tell you that on the day of Good Friday they are taken by a sudden yearning melancholy and, in the din of the motors of their ship, they hear the distant sounds of the trumpet of the Procession.
 
Good Friday Trans and Procession of the Mysteries island Procida with Procidatour
 
Good Friday Trans and Procession of the Mysteries island Procida with Procidatour
     
     
     
   
     
 
     
       
 

Procidatour.it Holiday Homes Island Procida
Via Santo Ianno, 20
Island Procida 80079 (NA) Italy
telephone [+39]081.896.93.33
Cellular 338.70.97.610
Email info@procidatour.it