Settimana Santa di Castelsardo

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The rituals of the Holy Week in Castelsardo open with Lu Lunissanti, the Monday of the HolyWeek.
Before dawn, the members of the Brotherhood of the Oratorio della Santa Croce go to the Churchof Santa Maria, where the religious rites are celebrated. The Brothers are divided into two groups,namely: gli Apostuli and Li Cantori. The former, dressed in a white tunic tight at the waist by arope, are named after the Mysteries and are charged to carry the symbols of the passion, crucifixionand deposition of Jesus Christ. The latter, divided into three 4-voice "Choirs" (Miserere, StabatMater and Jesu) and alternated to the Mysteries, sing melodies of pre-Gregorian origin.At the end of the mass, the procession of Choirs and Mysteries moves to the Basilica of NostraSignora di Tergu; here the Mysteries are presented to the Virgin, accompanied by the Attitu (funeralmelody).
The most charming stage of the procession, La Notti Santa, starts in the center of the village atsunset; it is opened by Li Appoltuli (the apostles) dressed in the Abbidu (white tunic) and LuCappucciu (a conical hood), who carry the Mysteries. The apostles are accompanied by three Choirsand ten Mysteries. The first choir, Lu Miserere, which carries the skull of an unknown inhabitant ofCastelsardo, is followed by the first group of five Mysteries; the second Choir, Lu Stabat, carryingthe statue of the Ecce Homo, precedes the second group of Mysteries. The procession is closed bythe choir de Lu Jesus, which carries Lu Crocifissu.
La Prucissioni (the procession) with Lu Crucifissu and Maria di lu Pientu (a sacred image ofOur Lady of the Sorrows) starts in the first hours of Maundy Thursday night: this is an eventof medieval origin which reminds the meeting between the Madonna and the agonizing JesusChrist; the latter is represented by a wooden statue which dates back to the 14th century, one of themost ancient sacred sculptures in the Island. The procession is accompanied by two choirs of thebrotherhood of Santa Croce, namely the Miserere and the Stabat Mater.

The day of Friday is dedicated to Lu Ilcravamentu, a sacred representation of the deposition ofJesus Christ from the cross, in a par liturgical form.The procession starts from the Church of Santa Maria and accompanies Our lady of the Sorrowsto the Cathedral. Here, Jesus Christ is freed from the crown of thorns and from the nail, which arepresented to the crowd and offered to the Madonna. The procession ends in the church of SantaMaria, with the assault to the flowers blessed to the contact with the Body of Jesus Christ.

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