Sunday, April 19, 2009

Holy Week...a week late (2)

The Procession of the Five Mysteries is one of the most evocative of the several processions held during Holy Week. It begins at the Church of Santo Stefano at 3:30 a.m. on Good Friday and winds its way first through the Old Town and then around the rest of the city until noon.

















Different confraternities have the honor of carrying each of the five (very heavy) statues. After the last statue, the procession is followed by the city band which plays the traditional Molfettan Funeral Marches, composed over 100 years ago.
You can't see anything in the video below, but it gives you an idea of the music.

4 comments:

Tinsie said...

How very interesting! This looks similar to the Good Friday processions in Greece (minus the statues). I've posted some photos in my blog :-)

B Squared said...

Welcome back! You've been missed. Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

it's not as late as you think - christian orthodox easter is today! we do something similar on good friday (tinsie shows it on her blog)

valeria said...

Religion tradition can be really impressive...
The southern you go the better.
Welcome back, Saretta!