Good Friday Procession – Orte
April 2nd, 2021. Traditional and ancient Easter tradition in the province of Viterbo.
The Good Friday Procession in Orte (Lazio), also called The Dead Christ Procession, is one of the most ancient rituals in Italy. The procession takes place in the evening of April 2nd, 2021, 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.
(photos: event’s official website)