The Sacred performance of Barile

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The oldest Via Crucis in the region is held here. The procession of the Mysteries is combined with symbolism reminscent of Albania. 117 actors, subdivided into 25 groups, – all chosen from the local people – recreate the Passion of Christ. Amongst this group, it is possible to distinguish the leading figures of the main episodes of the Via Crucis – after Jesus come the priests, the pious women, the Pharisees, the Madonna, the Apostles – and certain characters who are alien to our religious culture, including the Gypsy next to the Gypsy girl and the Moor together with the young moorish boy who represent the trap, the unknown. At the head of the religious procession are three centurions on horseback playing trumpets – the work of local artisans, as are the other accessories and costumes worn by the actors – and three little girls dressed in white. They are followed by the Three Marys, a girl in a black garment, who carries a banner bearing the signs of the Passion of Christ, and thirty three young girls wearing purple dresses recalling the age of Jesus at the time of his death.
Where: Barile (PZ)


Venosa Sacre rappresentazioni

The Sacred performance of Venosa

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The Last Supper is staged in Piazza San Giovanni de Matha with the table and chairs laid out, mirroring the style of the time. About a hundred characters make up the procession which progresses towards the town hall or to the Fontana Angioina where, before the eyes of the crowd, Jesus is captured. Everything then moves to Piazza Castello for the trial, presided over by the High Priest Caiaphas who has the Master arrested. The atmosphere is heavy with emphasis when Peter denies Jesus at the rampart of the Castello Pirro del Balzo, which is also the setting for the flogging scene. After the trial, the procession crosses the city’s main avenue as far as Piazza Orazio, where the encounter between Jesus and the Madonna takes place. The Crucifixion, followed by the Resurrection, takes place in Piazza Castello.
Where: Venosa (PZ)


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San Gerardo Maiella

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Patron saint of Basilicata, together with the Black Madonna of Viggiano, Saint Gerard Majella is celebrated every 2nd of September with solemn celebrations, in Muro Lucano, where he was born.

Patron saint of Basilicata, together with the Black Madonna of Viggiano, Saint Gerard Majella is celebrated every 2nd of September with solemn celebrations, in Muro Lucano, where he was born.
A procession of believers from all over the region, but also from neighbouring ones, winds its way through the streets of the pretty village of Muro Lucano, starting from the mother church.
During the pilgrimage, the statue of the patron is carried on pilgrims’ shoulders to then return to the town square.
The celebrations, entirely dedicated to the figure of Saint Gerard Majella, end with the “National Music Festival of mothers and children”, an extraordinary event aimed at demonstrating how the figure of the Saint recalls the highest of values, such as the link between a mother and a child.