Spain celebrates Holy Week, March 29-April 5
SUNDAY, March 29 – Domingo de Ramos (Pam Sunday)
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, April 1 – 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).
8:30 pm · 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.
THURSDAY, April 2 – 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.
FRIDAY, April 3 – 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.
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, April 4 – 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, April 5 – Domingo Santo (Easter Sunday)
Easter / Post-Semana Santa University Move-In Date.
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. More information here.
THIS WEEK IN MADRID
Click here for the program of events for Easter in Madrid.
Classes resume (full day): Monday, April 6
Registration for Fall 2015 Semester Begins: Wednesday, April 8
International Golf Tournament: Friday, April 10
Medieval Polities Conference: April 10-11
6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 11
Academic Trip to Mérida: April 11-12
SLU-Madrid Run for Ethiopia: Sunday, April 12
Guest Speaker: Manuel Longares, “De la realidad a la ficción: el proceso de escritura”: Tuesday, April 14
Semana Santa Vacation (SLU-Madrid and Library Closed) from March 30-April 5.
"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.
OPPORTUNITIES & INVITATIONS
Join us for the SLU-Madrid Run for Ethiopia! Sunday, April 12, at 12:00 pm, Puerta de Alcalá entrance, Retiro Park. Contact César at firstname.lastname@example.org for full details.
Win a €50 gift certificate for your writing! SLU-Madrid hosts its annual Undergraduate Writing Contest. Students are encouraged to submit their work before April 15. Categories include academic writing in English and creative writing (English/Spanish).
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