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Bearing His Own Cross

Dijous Sant (Maundy Thursday, Castellano: Jueves Santo) marks the last day of this year’s Quaresma (Lent). Yesterday evening, hundreds of hooded penitents participated in the annual Processó de la Sang, the largest of the Easter processions, at least here in Felanitx. Luckily, the rain held off until just after the end of the cavalcade. People in many cities on the Spanish mainland were not so lucky; many of yesterday’s Easter processions in Spain had to be cancelled for some adverse weather conditions. There was snow above 1,800 m in Asturias.

Last night, a Felanitx burgher represented the figure of Jesus and carried his own cross (photo above), albeit chronologically incorrect. Strictly speaking, Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday would have been the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus would have been betrayed by Judas Iscariot into the hands of the chief priests. The bearing of the cross would have occurred a day later, on Good Friday. In Felanitx, however, Divendres Sant (Good Friday) is the day of the grand Davallament spectacle. Jesus will be crucified today, here in Felanitx, and later tonight, taken off the cross and buried.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 21st, 2011. The time was 22:29:59.

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