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alcoy prepares to celebrate the Holy Week starting this Palm Sunday. The program of religious acts is perhaps more discreet than in other localities, but they have its climax in a characteristic quote how is the procession of Xiulitets, on Easter Sunday, which also gives way to the Moors and Christians Festival. This year, in which the celebrations resume with due solemnity after the two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, practically shake hands with acts in honor of Saint Georgewhich will take place the following week.
the procession of Palm Sunday, this April 10organized by the Brotherhood of the Agonizing Christ, will begin before the Parish of San Vicente and San Antonio at 11:30 a.m., and will run along Calle San Nicolás to the Glorieta. There, branches and palms will be blessed at 12:00, to then continue the journey to the parish church of Santa María along Calle San Nicolás, Plaza de España and Calle Pintor Casanova. In the temple of Santa María, the mass will take place at 12:30.
In the afternoon, the Farewell procession of the Virgin Mary of Sorrows and Our Father Jesus Nazareno, organized by the Guild of Labradors, the Brotherhood of Christ Lying and Our Lady of Sorrows. Previously a mass will take place in the Parish of San Mauro and San Francisco, which will begin at 7:00 p.m., and at 20:00 the image of the Virgen de los Dolores will come out of this temple. You will go down San Nicolás street to Cantó Pinyó (corner with San Lorenzo). At the same time, the image of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno from his chapel on San Blas street, and will go up Pintor Casanova street to Cantó Pinyó, going around the side of the Plaza de España Town Hall. The meeting and farewell ceremony will be held at the Cantó Pinyó, enlivened by the Alcoyana Polyphonic Choir. The two images will tour the side of the Plaza de España opposite the Town Hall, and the Virgen de los Dolores will enter the parish of Santa María while that of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno will continue to her chapel.
The Holy Wednesday, April 13the Brotherhood of Reclining Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows will also organize the procession of Christ Crucified (Viacrucis). will come out at 8:00 p.m. from the parish of San Mauro and San Francisco and it will go through Ramón y Cajal square, San Nicolás street, España square and Pintor Casanova street, up to the parish church of Santa María. Previously, at 7:00 p.m., a mass will be celebrated in San Mauro and San Francisco.
The Holy Thursday, April 14will develop Procession of Silence, in charge of the Brotherhood of the Agonizing Christ. At 7:00 p.m. the mass will take place in the parish of San Vicente and San Antonio, and at 8:30 p.m. the image of the Crucified Christ will be transferred from its chapel to its processional lathe, revealing the new mantle of the throne. The procession will begin at 9:00 p.m., with images of the Virgen de la Soledad and the Crucified Christ. From the parish of San Vicente and San Antonio, it will go through San Nicolás street, Plaza de España, Pintor Casanova street and Plaza del Fossar, to the parish of Santa María.
The Good Friday, April 15will be the procession of Entombment, carried out jointly by the Guild of Labradors, the Brotherhood of Reclining Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows and the Brotherhood of the Agonizing Christ. will depart at 8:00 p.m. from the parish of Santa María, with the following route: Pintor Casanova, San Blas, Santo Tomás, L’Escola, Mossén Torregrosa, San Francisco, Red Cross square, Ramón y Cajal square, San Nicolás, Plaza de España and Pintor Casanova, returning to the parish church . There will be a prayer of thanks along with the participating images.
Finally, the April 17, Easter Sundaythe day will begin as always first thing in the morning, organized by the Círculo Católico de Obreros. At 7.00, the New Musical Society of Alcoi will make a parade that will leave the headquarters of the Círculo Católico de Obrerosin Plaza de España, and will run through Pintor Casanova, San Blas, Santo Tomás, L’Escola, Mossén Torregrosa, San Francisco, San Mateo, El Camí and San Nicolás, until the parish of San Mauro and San Francisco. Over there the Xiulitets procession will begin at 7.30.
The Risen Christ will leave from the Ramón y Cajal square and the Virgin Mary will do so from the beginning of San Nicolás, at a fast pace, until both meet in the surroundings of the Ramón y Cajal square. Subsequently, the procession will go through San Nicolás, San Mauro, San Francisco, the Red Cross square and Ramón y Cajal square, up to the same starting parish. The acts of Holy Week in Alcoy will end with Glory Sunday Mass at 8.15but that same noon The Moors and Christians Festival will take over with the Glory parade.
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