Holy week 2023 in Apulia region
Holy week 2023 in Apulia region

Custodians of tradition

 

Holy Week is one of the most deeply felt religious events in Apulia, celebrated by small and large towns alike. Possibly the apex of the religious calendar, especially as far as concerns external events, Good Friday generally includes a procession representing the Mysteries, as well as a procession celebrating Our Lady of Sorrows, also celebrated on the Friday before Palm Sunday known in Italy as Passion Friday, in almost every town. In Apulia Holy Week is markedly notable for the activism of the lay Confraternities, an involvement which includes both participation in the rites and their organisation.

The confraternity movement in Apulia is imposing: the numbers given by the Confederation of Confraternities of the Italian Dioceses for 2012 show the presence of two hundred thousand members of nine hundred and eleven societies. 

Amongst these there are Confraternities with numerous members, some of which have over a thousand members, such as the Archconfraternity “del Carmine” and the Confraternity “dell’Addolorata” in Taranto or the Archconfraternity “della Morte” in Molfetta, in the province of Bari. It is almost always the case that the Confraternities with the most members are those connected to Holy Week, it can be said that in some towns there is not a family that does not have someone who is a member of one of the Confraternities; from this it can be easily seen how deeply rooted the traditions of this period of the year are in Apulia and its people.

The Confraternities that organise the rites of Holy Week are amongst the oldest. Some were founded as far back as the mid-13th century, well before the counter reform following the Council of Trento which took place between 1545 and 1563, which exerted a moralising action over the rites of Holy Week banning the “sacred theatre”, manifestations of devotion by the people consisting of representing the Holy texts as moving theatrical vignettes, the most popular being the Passion of Christ.

These performances were usually enacted in the church courtyards, and were also known as the “Mysteries”. This form of “sacred theatre” was then substituted with processions organised by the Confraternities in which the “Mysteries” were there but not with live actors, these were substituted by statues portraying Christ, Our Lady of Sorrows and various characters from the Passion of Christ.This happened particularly in southern Italy and the leading role still played by the Confraternities of Apulia during Holy Week is simply a continuation of this.

Many of these societies have specific characteristics deriving from their names or titles. It is clear how the Confraternities with the title “della Morte” (of the Death) for example, are involved in organising processions for the days preceding Easter (in Cerignola, Molfetta, Oria, San Nicandro Garganico, San Severo), as are those denominated “del Suffragio” (suffrage- for example in Bitonto, and Ruvo di Puglia) or like the processions of the Mysteries in the province of Taranto which involve the Confraternities “Madonna del Carmine” (Our Lady of Mount Carmel).

There are also many Confraternities dedicated to the “Madonna Addolorata” (Our Lady of Sorrows - in Andria, Bisceglie, Carbonara di Bari, Cerignola, Taranto, Trani, and Valenzano).

There are a number of objects that identify the Confraternities, even geographically: one is the “troccola”, typical of the societies in the province of Taranto, but little used for example in the province of Bari.  However it would be a mistake to think the Confraternities exist only for the preparation of these traditions of popular culture, which though important aesthetically are devoid of a wider Christian value; indeed, they are not made up of lay people simply committed to religious activities or defending local cultural traditions.

The rules of some of the Confraternities include charitable works such as is the case of the Archconfraternity of “S. Stefano” which operates through the organisation called “Bontà di S. Stefano” giving assistance to people in need. Others, in addition to assistance endeavours are also involved in philanthropic and human promotion activities like the Taranto based Confraternity “della Addolorata” with its “Cuore di Donna” award now in its 18th edition. This is annually assigned to a woman from Taranto who has shown particular selflessness towards others.

The Confraternities of Apulia, thanks to the great amount of work they have done over the years in the various dioceses are therefore also very active in the parishes and, depending on their economic possibilities, in providing support for the disadvantaged, as well as religious education for their members.

Because of this it is possible to say that Holy Week in Apulia is absolutely not about turning the Easter events into a show, but it is a natural and not artificial manifestation of the “pietas” of the common people, and therefore an authentic demonstration of faith, a guarantee of continuity over time and a means for spreading the message of the Gospel.

 

by Francesco Stanzione

events

 
Processione del Venerdý Santo

RUFFANO
Processione del Venerdý Santo

Mostra fotografica ''Settimana Santa in Puglia''

GROTTAGLIE
Mostra fotografica ''Settimana Santa in Puglia''

Processione del Venerdý Santo

GALLIPOLI
Processione del Venerdý Santo

La Processione dei Misteri

MANDURIA
La Processione dei Misteri

I Riti della Settimana Santa a Castellana Grotte

CASTELLANA GROTTE
I Riti della Settimana Santa a Castellana Grotte

In Passione Domini

SANNICANDRO DI BARI
In Passione Domini

Processione della Desolata

CANOSA DI PUGLIA
Processione della Desolata

Riti della Settimana Santa

ORIA
Riti della Settimana Santa

Il patrimonio immateriale dei riti della Settimana Santa sul Gargano

MONTE SANT'ANGELO
Il patrimonio immateriale dei riti della Settimana Santa sul Gargano

Passio Christi

GINOSA
Passio Christi

Passionis Tempora

BITONTO
Passionis Tempora
Le marce funebri della tradizione bitontina

Settimana Santa

SUPERSANO
Settimana Santa

Bit Milano

MILANO
Bit Milano
La fiera del turismo

Riti Pasquali

PALESE
Riti Pasquali

I suoni della Settimana Santa

BITRITTO
I suoni della Settimana Santa

E' compiuto

BITONTO
E' compiuto
Racconti dal Golgota

Settimana Santa

PALO DEL COLLE
Settimana Santa

Settimana Santa 2022

CORATO
Settimana Santa 2022
Percorsi delle Processioni Penitenziali

Processione della Passione del Signore

GIOVINAZZO
Processione della Passione del Signore

Dolori di Maria 2022

CASTELLANETA
Dolori di Maria 2022

Venerdý Santo

VICO DEL GARGANO
Venerdý Santo

Settimana Santa

SUPERSANO
Settimana Santa

Istantanee di Passione

SUPERSANO
Istantanee di Passione

Maria Santissima della PietÓ

CORATO
Maria Santissima della PietÓ

Venerdý Santo

CORATO
Venerdý Santo

I Riti della Settimana Santa a Castellaneta

CASTELLANETA
I Riti della Settimana Santa a Castellaneta
La storia, le tradizioni della nostra cittÓ

Crucifixerunt Eum

PALESE
Crucifixerunt Eum
Concerto di marce funebri

Mater Dolorosa

MOLFETTA
Mater Dolorosa

Mater Dolorosa

RUVO DI PUGLIA
Mater Dolorosa

Mater dolorosa

BITONTO
Mater dolorosa
Mostra d'arte e devozionale

Canti di Passione

ALESSANO
Canti di Passione

Note di Passione

BARI
Note di Passione
Concerto Quaresimale di marce funebri

Passionis Musica

BITONTO
Passionis Musica
Concerto delle Palme

LA PASSIONE NEI RESTAURI

BISCEGLIE
LA PASSIONE NEI RESTAURI
conferenza sui riti della Settimana Santa

BATTITI DI PASSIONE

BISCEGLIE
BATTITI DI PASSIONE
conferenza/concerto

Calendario Eventi ''Settimana Santa Bitonto''

BITONTO
Calendario Eventi ''Settimana Santa Bitonto''

Mostra di Arte Sacra

BISCEGLIE
Mostra di Arte Sacra
Museo Diocesano dal 19 marzo al 30 aprile

Le Sette Bambole della Quaresima

CASTELLANETA
Le Sette Bambole della Quaresima
Mostra itinerante

Francesco Stanzione presenta ''IPOTESI PER UNA PATERNITÀ DEI MISTERI DELLA VENERABILE ARCICONFRATERNITA DI S. STEFANO IN MOLFETTA''

MOLFETTA
Francesco Stanzione presenta ''IPOTESI PER UNA PATERNITÀ DEI MISTERI DELLA VENERABILE ARCICONFRATERNITA DI S. STEFANO IN MOLFETTA''
Un approfondimento sui cinque Misteri

Prima che il gallo canti

MOLFETTA
Prima che il gallo canti
Rassegna del teatro del sacro

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SANTU LAZZURU E DINTORNI...

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Sulle vie della Settimana Santa - Canosa di Puglia approda a Valladolid in Spagna

SULLE VIE DELLA SETTIMANA SANTA - CANOSA DI PUGLIA APPRODA A VALLADOLID IN SPAGNA

Una storia di Fede - La processione delle donne al mattino del Venerdì Santo di Vico del Gargano

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Guida agli eventi della Settimana Santa in Puglia

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MOLFETTA E IL SUO VENERDI SANTO

MOLFETTA E IL SUO VENERDI SANTO

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DE PASSIONE DOMINI NOSTRI JESU CHRISTI SECUNDUM MELPHICTAM

LA SETTIMANA SANTA DEI BARESI

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TI VOGLIO BENE

TI VOGLIO BENE

LA SETTIMANA SANTA A NOICATTARO - VOCI E IMMAGINI

LA SETTIMANA SANTA A NOICATTARO - VOCI E IMMAGINI

Una storia di fede e devozione

UNA STORIA DI FEDE E DEVOZIONE

Il venerdi santo a Vico del Gargano

IL VENERDI SANTO A VICO DEL GARGANO

La Memoria dei Gesti nei Sepolcri

LA MEMORIA DEI GESTI NEI SEPOLCRI

   
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