Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holy Week in Malaga -- Marvelous Video

This video deserves the big screen.

The Spanish hold huge public ceremonies in the streets. They have dozens of floats carried by strong Catholics, members of special confraternities, as can be seen in the video.

About the Penitential Robes

In the Middle Ages when the penitential robes and hood originated people did public penance to give testimony to the horror of sin and the need for reparation.

However, the Catholic Church was careful of protect the identity of the penitent, especially if the sin committed was not public. The high-tipped hood and the solemn robe with cape make it impossible to know who the person wearing it is; all that remains is a grave reminder that sin calls for reparation.

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