Holy Week in Segovia

Holy Week in Segovia


Before entering into the processions that are the protagonists of the acts of Holy Week, we indicate three notes for travelers who have more time. The via crucis of the parishes that throughout the week walk the streets of the neighborhood, walking their faith and their tradition; the cultural events that are organized from the Friday of Dolores until Easter Sunday - preaching, concerts, conferences, representations, exhibitions and photographic competitions; the liturgical cults that nourish the faith of all those who want to attend them and who are more numerous each year.

With the Procession of Palm Sunday begins the cycle of manifestations of popular piety with the Step of Jesus entering Jerusalem, the sculptor José María García Moro, accompanied by the children of the brotherhoods carrying palms.

The ten brotherhoods and brotherhoods that make up the Holy Week Board organize, from Monday, the Way of the Cross and processions in the neighborhoods, highlighting that the Holy Wednesday is celebrated in the orchard of the Carmelite Fathers, on the avenue, in the same hillock that toured San Juan de la Cruz.

The processions have two parts; On the one hand, the penance station that each brotherhood carries out from its temple to the Cathedral between Thursday afternoon and night and Friday morning; and on the other the Procession of the Steps, which takes place in the first hours of the twilight of Good Friday.

Spectacular is the passage of the brotherhood of the Association of Alumni of the Marists and their entry into the city under the Arch of Socorro or the route of the passage of the Prayer in the Garden by the suburb of San Lorenzo. His contemplation makes the trip worthwhile.

On Good Friday, with the twilight, all the brotherhoods undertake the Procession of the Steps, from the Cathedral. They parade following the chronological order of the Passion: The Prayer in the Garden, by J. Rius; La Flagelación, by José Quixal as well as Jesus with the Cross on his back; The Virgen de las Angustias, from the school of Juan de Juni (16th century); Santo Cristo de la Cruz, anonymous (17th century); Santo Cristo de San Marcos, Castilian school (17th century); The Holy Christ in his last word and La Soledad at the foot of the Cross, from Segovia Aniceto Marinas; La Magdalena at the foot of the Cross, by Sebastián Sanobra; La Piedad by José Quixal; The Holy Christ of the Gascons (XII century); the Reclining Christ, way of the Sepulcher, of Gregorio Fernández (1615); and La Soledad Dolorosa. All of them will cross the arches of the Aqueduct to be collected, later, in their respective temples.

On Easter Sunday the Board of Brotherhoods accompanies, in procession, the Resurrected Jesus (anonymous, 16th century), taking as background the breathing of the bell towers of the churches of the walled enclosure.

The beauty of the imagery, the framework of the World Heritage City, the solemnity and a sincere religiosity, have made the Holy Week of Segovia declared of National Tourist Interest.

A religious celebration, unique in the world, is celebrated in Segovia capital since the fifteenth century, on the occasion of a sacrilege then committed. The people and religious authorities, to repair the offense to the Blessed Sacrament, agreed that, in the future, in September there will be solemn cults in each of the 14 parishes that were then held, corresponding to organizing the events a year to a parish located inside the wall and the next to another located outside the walls, and so on. With the passage of time, parishes have disappeared, so they celebrate their feast, the year that corresponds, the closest to the place where the disappeared were located. Cultural and leisure events are also usually held.