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Good Friday Dead Christ Procession – Orte

March, Friday 29th, 2024. Ancient Easter tradition in the province of Viterbo.

Good Friday Procession - Orte Lazio Italy
29 Mar 2024 Lazio -Orte (Viterbo)  Folklore-Traditions | Religious celebrations

On the Good Friday takes place in Orte (Central Italy, province of Viterbo) the Good Friday Procession also called The Dead Christ Procession.

The Good Friday Procession is one of the most ancient rituals in Italy and it takes place in the evening in the city centre, illuminated by torch lights.

The seven brotherhoods leave their respective parishes and reach the Mother Church of St. Croce. Carried by 14 men, the coffin of the Dead Christ, followed by the Car of the Lady of Sorrows, carried by 8 people, parade through the city.

Then come the figures representing the Cyreneans, who have heavy chains locked at their feet and carry a wooden cross. Other important figures are the Veronica, the Maddalena, and the Three Crying Marys.

Once arrived in Libertà Square, the brotherhoods gathers around the coffin of Christ, around which they form a heart shape figure while singing Miserere.
Then, the parade continues its route and arrives at the Mother Church, where it sings Stabat Mater. Once the procession is concluded, a big bread is shared among all participants.

March, Friday 29th, 2024
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