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Good Friday Procession – Chieti

April 7th, 2023. One of the oldest Easter traditions in Italy.

Good Friday Procession in Chieti - Abruzzo - Italy
07 Apr 2023 Abruzzo -Chieti  Folklore-Traditions | Religious celebrations

The Good Friday Procession in Chieti dates back to the year 842, and competes with the procession in Orte for the title of the oldest Good Friday procession in Italy.

Friday, April 7th, 2023, the procession starts, as usual, at 7.00 pm from the Cathedral of San Giustino, and crosses the streets of the town with statues and seven “trophies”, the wooden sculptures representing the different phases of the passion of Christ.

The brothers of the twelve brotherhoods of the city participate in the procession, wearing small capes in different colors and hooded. They bear the symbols of the Passion, including the coffin of Christ followed by the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows.
For the occasion, the historic center is illuminated by torches and candles.

The procession is accompanied by the Miserere, sung by 160 choristers and composed in 1740 by Saverio Selecchy, chapel master of the cathedral.

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