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Spain celebrates Holy Week.

Basílica de San Miguel (C/ San Justo, 4) · Easter Week Processions begin in Madrid at 7:00 pm · The icon, Cristo de la Fe y del Perdón, and the religious statue, Santa María Inmaculada Madre de la Iglesia, are brought forth from the Basílica.

WEDNESDAY 16 - Miércoles Santo (Holy Wednesday)

7:30 pm · Madrid's Archbishop takes part in the Via Crucis. After, the brotherhood of the Cruzados de la Fe retrieve their Christ icon, Santísimo Cristo de la Fe, from his resting place (C/ Atocha, 87) and venerate his image with a besapié (his foot is kissed).

Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Carmen y San Luis (C/ Carmen, 10) · Procession of the Brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Salud and María Santísima de las Angustias at 8:30 pm

THURSDAY 17 - Jueves Santo (Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday)

7:00 pm · Colegio Calasancio de los PP Escolapios (C/ General Díaz Porlier, 58) · The processions of El Divino Cautivo

7:00 pm · Church of San Pedro (C/ Nuncio, 14) · The processions of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno, El Pobre, and María Santísima del Dulce Nombre

8:00 pm · Real Colegiata de San Isidro (C/ Toledo, 37) · The religious images of the Virgin María Santísima de la Esperanza and Jesús del Gran Poder are brought through the main door by the costaleros (who they have to get down almost on their knees to perform this act)

FRIDAY 18 - Viernes Santo (Holy Friday)

7:00 pm · Basílica del Cristo de Medinaceli (Plaza de Jesús) · The procession of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno), which winds through Madrid’s most famous streets and plazas, including the Puerta de Sol and Plaza Cibeles.

7:00 pm · Iglesia del Santísimo Cristo de la Fe (C/ Atocha, 87) · A silent procession

8:30 pm · Parish Church of Santa Cruz (C/ Atocha, 6) · Madrid’s Ayuntamiento or City Hall sponsored procession: Santo Entierro, with the image of Lignum Crucis.

SATURDAY 19 - Sábado Santo (Holy Saturday)

4:30 pm · Real Iglesia Parroquial de San Ginés (C/ Arenal, 13) · The procession of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

SUNDAY 20 - Domingo Santo (Easter Sunday)

Easter / Post-Semana Santa University Move-In Date: Sunday, April 20

Midday · Plaza Mayor · The Tamborada del Domingo de Resurrección, a selected brotherhood assembles drums of all shapes and sizes and beats out a constant rhythm, representing the earth’s tremors that were supposed to have occurred when Christ died on the cross.


Flamenco show from April 10 to April 20.

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Classes resume (full day): Monday, April 21

Talk on “Casi Perfecto: Nuevos Valores del Pretérito Perfecto en Español”, Wednesday April 23

Academic Trip to España Templaria: Miravet, Tarragona, and Peñíscola, Castellón: April 25-27

Summer and Fall Registration is open.

Saturday, April 12–Sunday, April 20: Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus facilities, will be closed during Holy Week (Semana Santa).

What do we Christians feel when we reflect on the truth that Jesus has risen to a new life? I believe that first and foremost we feel gratitude to God. Through the resurrection of Jesus, we see that God has kept his promise to his Son and to us. Now we know that we can call God Abba, "Father", with absolute confidence, just as Jesus did.

And we see, too, that God truly is a friend of life. We see it when we look at Jesus, who had such a passion for a live lived out fully, sanely and justly. We now understand why Jesus put restoring the health of the sick and the outcast over the suffocating religious traditions and norms of his time.

We know, too, that God identifies himself not with the crucifiers but with the crucified. Jesus lived among the poor, the sick and the hungry, not among the Pharisees and masters of the Law. And, like Jesus, we too are called to carry on in His name, called to defend all those who are mistreated by the world around them; the poor, the immigrant, the sick.

Easter, then, is the time to follow Jesus' invitation to convert our hearts; it is a time to more closely follow Him; it is a time to be His presence in our world.

James O’Leary, S.J.
Campus Chaplain

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