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EASTER IN SARDINIA: THE HOLY WEEK IN ALGHERO 
EASTER IN SARDINIA: THE HOLY WEEK IN ALGHERO
Alghero

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The celebrations of the Holy Week in Alghero (Setmana Santa de l’Alguer) are the most striking in Sardinia, due to the fascinanting old town centre and  the strong catalan influences which are the same during the centuries.The so called Germans Blancs (N.S. della Misericordia fraternal order) have the main role, as they organise the Passion representations since the  XVII century.
The drama of the Passion starts on Monday with the " Processione dei Misteri"  and it keeps on during all the week.
On Thursday the crucifix comes out the Misericordia's church. Procession walks the streets in the city's gotic centre along the  Via Crucis' stations, which are fourteen, and it finishes  at the Cathedral where the crucifix can be cherished.
On the Holy Friday afternoon the "Missa fugi-fugi" is celebrated; then it's time for the celebration of rites called "schiodamento" : four barons  (varons) set down the Bressol's sacred image, which is the coffin arrived in Alghero with a shipwreck. A long procession of observants and veiled women goes by the Mater Dolorosa statue  (las celcas): Madonna goes for searching her dead Son trough all the churches. The fraternal order's members follow the statue with caskets, hammers and pincers while some cantors sing the mass, old catalan songs and gosos in sardinian language.

CALENDAR:
Evening prayer on the Friday dedicated to the passion, before the Holy Week: procession of las dame's .
Holy Monday:  procession of Mysteries.
Holy Thurday: the statue of Christ , is carried from the Misericordia's church to the Cathedral where it is placed on the altar during the alburament's cerimony.
Holy Friday on the afternoon: celebration of the fugi-fugi's mass in the Cathedral. In the evening ,after the cerimony of "desclavamenta" along the city centre.

 
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