Holy week 2019 in Apulia region
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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

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La Settimana Santa

GALLIPOLI
La Settimana Santa

La Passione Vivente

TRINITAPOLI
La Passione Vivente

Verso la Pasqua...

CASTELLANA GROTTE
Verso la Pasqua...

Mostra Fotografica

BARLETTA
Mostra Fotografica

Passio Christi - Passio Hominis

CORATO - MOLFETTA - BITONTO - BISCEGLIE - RUVO DI PUGLIA
Passio Christi - Passio Hominis

Passio Christi - Passio Hominis

BITONTO
Passio Christi - Passio Hominis

Concerti

BISCEGLIE
Concerti

Simboli e Tradizioni della Settimana Santa

NOICATTARO
Simboli e Tradizioni della Settimana Santa

Canti di Passione

MARTIGNANO
Canti di Passione

Processione dei Misteri

NOCI
Processione dei Misteri

Eventi

CASTELLANA GROTTE
Eventi

Riti della Settimana Santa

COPERTINO
Riti della Settimana Santa

Udite Figlie

COPERTINO
Udite Figlie

Concerto della Passione

COPERTINO
Concerto della Passione

Via Crucis Terraterra

BITONTO
Via Crucis Terraterra

Processione dei Misteri

BITONTO
Processione dei Misteri

Mater Dolorosa

RACALE
Mater Dolorosa

Concerto

SANNICANDRO DI BARI
Concerto

Rappresentazione vivente della Passione e Morte di Cristo

TROIA
Rappresentazione vivente della Passione e Morte di Cristo

Conferenza Stampa presentazione 'Settima Santa a Canosa'

CANOSA DI PUGLIA
Conferenza Stampa presentazione 'Settima Santa a Canosa'

I Riti della Settimana Santa

CASTELLANA GROTTE
I Riti della Settimana Santa

La Settimana Santa - Riti e Tradizioni

GROTTAGLIE
La Settimana Santa - Riti e Tradizioni

Maria S.S. Addolorata e Riti della Settimana Santa

RUTIGLIANO
Maria S.S. Addolorata e Riti della Settimana Santa

La Settimana Santa

MOLA DI BARI
La Settimana Santa

Il Rito del Borbone

MASSAFRA
Il Rito del Borbone

Conferenza Stampa

CASTELLANA GROTTE
Conferenza Stampa

Settimana Santa

FRANCAVILLA FONTANA
Settimana Santa

Presepe Pasquale

SAN VITO DEI NORMANNI
Presepe Pasquale

Concerto

NOICATTARO
Concerto

Concerto

GALLIPOLI
Concerto

Sabato Santo

CORATO
Sabato Santo

Venerdì Santo

CORATO
Venerdì Santo

Il Programma

VICO DEL GARGANO
Il Programma

Settimana Santa 2019

NOICATTARO
Settimana Santa 2019

Concerti ed Eventi Artistici

CERIGNOLA
Concerti ed Eventi Artistici

Conferenza stampa gemellaggio tra i Concerti Bandistici ''Citta di Bisceglie'' e ''Città di Bitritto''

BISCEGLIE
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L'Uomo dei Dolori - Mostra

PALESE
L'Uomo dei Dolori - Mostra

Settimana Santa

BITONTO
Settimana Santa

Allestimento Diorama Pasquale

FASANO
Allestimento Diorama Pasquale

''Volti di Passione'', la rappresentazione meditazione che ci avvicina alla Pasqua

BISCEGLIE
''Volti di Passione'', la rappresentazione meditazione che ci avvicina alla Pasqua

Ieri e Oggi - Mostra Fotografica

TRINITAPOLI
Ieri e Oggi - Mostra Fotografica

Passionis Musica - Concerto delle Palme

BITONTO
Passionis Musica - Concerto delle Palme

Settimana Santa 2019 a Canosa di Puglia: i riti e le visite guidate in città

CANOSA DI PUGLIA
Settimana Santa 2019 a Canosa di Puglia: i riti e le visite guidate in città

Aspettando la Settimana Santa

VICO DEL GARGANO
Aspettando la Settimana Santa

Settimana Santa

CASARANO
Settimana Santa

Celebrazione della Via Crucis

CASARANO
Celebrazione della Via Crucis

Passioni in Santo Stefano

MOLFETTA
Passioni in Santo Stefano

Sulla Via del Calvario

VALENZANO
Sulla Via del Calvario

Note e Tradizioni della Settimana Santa in Puglia

CONCERTI
Note e Tradizioni della Settimana Santa in Puglia

Nella Passione per Passione

TRINITAPOLI
Nella Passione per Passione

Crucifixerunt Eum

PALESE
Crucifixerunt Eum

Hoc Passionis Tempore

MOLFETTA
Hoc Passionis Tempore

Mostra Passione ''Ave Mater Dolorosa''

GIOVINAZZO
Mostra Passione ''Ave Mater Dolorosa''

Via Crucis Chiesa San Domenico Bitonto

BITONTO
Via Crucis Chiesa San Domenico Bitonto

Facies Passionis

TARANTO
Facies Passionis

La grande processione del Sabato Santo a Molfetta

MOLFETTA
La grande processione del Sabato Santo a Molfetta

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