The Stations of the Cross in Barile
On Friday, April 19, a traditional Easter ritual in the province of Potenza.
Traditionally, on Good Friday – this year on April 19, 2019 – the Stations of the Cross, a ritual that seems to date back to mid-1600, connected to the Passion of Jesus, is celebrated in Barile.
Barile, or Barilli in the arbëreshë dialect (the language of the Albanians in Italy) is a Municipality in the Province of Potenza with Greek and Albanian origins.
The Stations of the Cross in Barile is organized by the Committee “Sacra Rappresentazione Via Crucis”.
The 40 volunteers of the Committee are also performers in the procession, that parades through the village’s streets in traditional costumes.
3 centurions on horseback, one of which holds a horn used to beckon people, and 3 girls in white robes, who represent the 3 Marys (Mary of Magdala, Mary of Cleofe, Mary of Salomè), open the procession.
A particular character of the Stations of the Cross in Barile is the “Gipsy”, the most beautiful girl in the village, who wears a shiny dress decorated with jewels. It is believed that this character refers to the Albanian origins of the town, and according to tradition, the Gipsy was the one who procured the crucifixion nails.
At the tail of the procession, statues of the Dead Christ and of the Lady of Sorrows preceded by the priest.
The characteristic of the Stations of the Cross in Barile is the presence of gold elements in the figures’ robes and the 3 Mary’s white dresses.
(photos: event’s official website)Go to the website The Stations of the Cross in Barile