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López Miras: "Archena's Holy Week is a date with art, faith and a story that is unveiled in its twelve brotherhoods" The president is grateful to be the preacher of the Holy Week in Archena and thus be able to translate "the reflec (19/03/2018)

President Fernando Lopez Miras said today, during the proclamation of the Holy Week of Archena, that these days "we have an appointment with art, faith and a history that is desgrana procession procession, step by step, by the twelve brotherhoods of the municipality ", of which he said," they are an open book where the history of the Redemption can be read, the Gospel made wood by work and grace of the sculptors who gave form to the Passion ".

"The great week of the Redemption is dressed in Archena customs and rites that have forged generations of enthusiastic and fervent Nazarenes," said the president, who appreciated the role entrusted by the Town Council of Cofradias to be preacher and move as well " the reflections that your processions, steps and unique rites offer to an archenero of cradle, recriado and formed in Lorca, that is contagious, without any effort, of the fervor and the Nazarene passion of the inhabitants of a locality that I have of my own ".

López Miras enumerated each one of the Archena brotherhoods and made a tour of his processions.

He indicated that Friday of Dolores is "that precious penitential prologue that the Via Crucis brings us with the Dolorosa that Juan González Moreno carves".

Holy Week "begins to walk with a Nazarene anticipation loaded with the future", as is the children's procession of the Christ of Mercy.

"This same joy of the brothers of tomorrow is what we will see also on Palm Sunday," said the president, who stressed that after the triumphal tour of Jerusalem, "the Passion will be displayed in all its harshness when, from the hermitage of Arboledas, come to Christ Crucified. "

In his proclamation, he stressed that Holy Monday "invites us to live the Way of the Cross from the parish of Corpus and the Immaculate to Calvary", and on Holy Tuesday, with the procession of Forgiveness, begins the story of the Passion with Prayer in the Garden and the Christ carved by Hernández Navarro.

"Also the image of San Pedro, that after the song of the rooster has remembered the announcement of his betrayal and repentant leaves to cross the streets of the city", said the president, who added that "it precedes him, informer, the gloomy sound of the horn, surrounded by the Nazarene whites of the Cross of the Mirrors ".

The Brotherhood dean of Holy Week archenera, which gives worship to Jesus Nazarene, accompanies its owner, adapted on Holy Tuesday night as Christ of the Rescue, the Jesus of the bound hands.

They escort him the 'armor' and after the sentence to death, Christ appears nailed to the cross.

The parade continues with the Virgen de la Piedad, and the closing of the procession by Soledad, carried by young anderas, which shows the "increasing presence of women in Holy Week," said Lopez Miras.

On Holy Wednesday, the procession of the Prendimiento takes place.

Before, Christ is flagellated, as shown by the carving of Carrillo for the Brotherhood of Forgiveness.

Loaded with the cross he will arrive at Calvary to be crucified.

Saint John and the Sorrowful Virgin will close the procession of the Prendimiento.

On Holy Thursday at midnight the Nazarenes parade with the crucified Christ, wrapped in deep silence.

Already in the morning, the drums announce the arrival of the Procession of the Sorrowful Encounter, which will open the Cross of the Mirrors.

Later, the Samaritan woman, surrounded by incarnated Nazarenes;

the Holy Supper;

again the Prayer in the Garden;

the Lord of the Great Power;

the Veronica and the Nazarene carved by Manuel Juan Carrillo, who is looking for the expected Painful Encounter, "is the most intense moment in the morning of a day full of emotions," said López Miras.

The president made reference to the Roman Centuria, to the cofrades of the Agony and to the step of the images of San Juan and the Dolorosa, that have as destiny the Calvary, recreated in the vestibule of the church of San Juan Bautista, where it is attended to the unlocking of Christ.

"A prayer gives way to respectful silence, the brothers descend to the Redeemer and deposit him in the Holy Sepulcher," said the regional chief executive.

At the fall of the night the Holy Burial of Christ takes place.

The Cross of the Mirrors, the Christ of the Forgiveness and the one of the Blood participate again in the retinue.

They are joined by "the always spectacular step of the Descent," stressed López Miras.

Precending the dead Christ, the procession of the Holy Women, along with Saint John and the Sorrowful Virgin, goes through the streets.

When arriving at the church of San Juan Bautista, the Body of Christ is deposited on a burial mound, "before a moving wake begins".

In the early hours of Holy Saturday, from the heights of Mount Ope, Christ descends to the 'bosom of Abraham', "where the righteous await Salvation," the president said.

"Christ is resurrected on the third day and the Nazarenes return to wear the identifying tunics of their brotherhoods to accompany the Glorious Cross, Mary Magdalene, the Holy Women of Jerusalem, St. John the Evangelist and Our Lady of Joy, and go to meet the Lord on the avenue of the Carril, "he concluded.

Source: CARM

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