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Vía Crucis For Peace

I went to participate in the Vía Crucis pilgrimage in Felanitx yesterday, up to the Puig d’es Calvari. Vía Crucis is the Latin name for the Way of the Cross or the Stations of the Cross, also known as Vía Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows. It refers to the depiction of the final hours of Jesus and the 14 Stations of the Cross that marked the legendary route of the Passion. The object of the stations is to help the faithful make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the main scenes of Jesus’s sufferings and his ultimate death. It is probably one of the most popular devotional rituals in the Roman Catholic world. The pilgrimage may be done at any time, but most commonly, is done during Cuaresma (Lent), especially on Good Friday. In Felanitx, the occasion was celebrated on yesterday’s Palm Sunday as next Friday (Viernes Santo, Good Friday) is reserved for the big Davallament, the Felanitx Passion Play. Yesterday’s ascent to the Oratorio del Puig des Call came under the motto Vía Crucis Per La Pau (Vía Crucis for Peace). Whilst I applaud the peace message, I felt a bit of a fraud as I am not Catholic, not religious really, and couldn’t join in singing the hymns as the congregation stopped at each and every one of the 14 stations. I am glad I went, though. It was a joyous occasion meeting many of my neighbours on a gorgeously sunny afternoon. The work on the resurfacing of the camino was not finished, by the way.

Other places in Mallorca also reenact the Stations of the Cross, the best known being the procession up to the Puig del Calvari in Pollença. In Palma de Mallorca, a theatrical performance has been performed on the steps of the Cathedral annually for 25 years now, in an arrangement done by Llorenç Moyà. Next Friday, April 2nd, at 12h00, you might want to make your way to Palma to see this event forming part of the Easter traditions in Palma and of Setmana Santa (Holy Week). Attendance is always free of charge.

The photos were taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: March 28th, 2010. The time was 17:25:04 and 17:32:24, respectively.

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  1. I am looking for information about historical religious retreats where Canons or priests would visit in the north of the island as rest/holiday/respite? Not sure who to approach in Pollensa who may have relevant information.

    • Hi Sam,
      in Pollença, you have the Santuario de Puig de Maria, where you can have a bite to eat and a drink, but I am not sure that they still do accommodation. Instead, the sanctuary in Lluc comes to my mind. Lluc still functions as a monastery and is a perfect place for a retreat I would have thought. Go to http://www.lluc.net and the English language option and click on contact. The prior will surely offer some help. Or else the Ermita de la Victòria, not an active monastery any longer, but now run as a guesthouse. Also an ideal setting for a retreat, in my mind, if quieter because of its smaller size. Go to http://www.lavictoriahotel.com and chose the English wellcome (sic) option. Further south, you would have Randa with its splendid Nuestra Señora de Gracia option, Porreres and its Santuario de Montesion, and Felanitx, with the Santuario de Sant Salvador, now also run as a Petit Hotel. All of these are historical and religious places of the finest grade.

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