Settimana Santa di Cagliari

Un momento della processione

The Holy Week is one of the most intensive moments of Cagliari; it deploys in the historicalneighborhoods and in the ancient churches of the town.
The celebrations start the Friday which precedes the Palm Sunday, with the procession of theMysteries (Is Misterius), organized by the Arciconfraternita del Santissimo Crocefisso.
Starting from the Oratory of the SS.Crocifisso, the members of the Arciconfraternita parade theseven sacred images which are popularly called “Holy Mysteries" or "Sacred Mysteries": everysacred image visits one of the 7 churches in the historical center, which are the symbol of the 7stations of the Cross, singing a 4-voice chorus from the oral tradition.
Holy Tuesday is the day of the Misteri di Stampace. Also these sacred images are taken inprocession starting from the church of San Michele in via Azuni and stopping in 7 churches,including the Cathedral.
On Holy Wednesday, the sisters of Santissimo Crocifisso dress in mourning clothes the statue ofOur Lady of Sorrows (the Dressing), whilst - on Maundy Thursday, they nail the sacred image ofJesus Christ to the Cross (the Crucifixion). Such rites are followed by the worshipping of JesusChrist, whilst the women carry to the church Is Nenneris, the wheat germinated in a plate in thedark so that it takes a pale green color, symbol of Death and Resurrection.The procession of the Seven Churches starts from the church of Sant'Efisio, which is the seat ofthe brotherhood del Gonfalone in the neighborhood of Stampace, where the black-edged statue ofSant'Efisio enters the different churches.
Good Friday is the core event of the celebrations, i.e. the procession of the statue of the CrucifiedJesus, dominated by a canopy, from the church of San Giovanni and directed to the Cathedral.Jesus Christ is accompanied in procession also by the statue of Our lady of the Sorrows, whosechest is run through the sword of the seven sorrows, accompanied by two children, who representSaint John and Mary Magdalene. The parade follows a precise ritual, accompanied by the roll ofdrums and traditional singing, until the cathedral is reached and the Crucifix is delivered to thehands of the sacristan, whilst the Virgin is taken back to the church of Saint John.
Holy Saturday is characterized by the rite of Su Scravamentu, i.e. the deposition of the dead JesusChrist from the cross; Jesus Christ, who is laying on stretcher lined with veils and laces, shall thenbe accompanied to the church of San Giovanni during the afternoon.On Easter Sunday morning there is the celebration of S’Incontru (the meeting), i.e. the mergingof the two processions with the sacred images of the Madonna and the Resurrected Jesus Christ:coming from opposite directions, when they meet one in front of the other, the sacred image greeteach other with a triple bow amongst the applause of the crowd and then - side to side - they moveback to the Church, where the solemn mass shall be celebrated.

A particular votive procession, dedicated to Sant'Efisio, is deployed in Cagliari on Easter Monday.The parade accompanies the statue of the saint - dressed with the cuirass, a red cloak and the helmdecorated with ostrich feather - from the church of Sant’Efisio up to the Cathedral.

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