August 15, 2020

Gregorian chants, monastic habits and teas guide the Good Death in Zamora

The Gregorian chants of the brotherhood choir, the monastic habits of the brothers and the illumination of the parade in the middle of the night with the wax and paraffin teas of the penitents have guided the course of the Penitential Brotherhood of the Christ of the Good Death in Zamora at dawn on this Tuesday.

The procession, of careful medieval aesthetics, is one of the most beautiful plastic of the Holy Week Zamora, which is declared of international tourist interest and Cultural Interest.

At midnight from Monday to Tuesday, the parade has departed from the Romanesque church of San Vicente to set up in the old part of the city an atmosphere of recollection and sobriety accentuated in places such as Balborraz street, the slope of San Cipriano or the arch of Doña Urraca.

The atmosphere that takes centuries back has contributed to the silence guarded by brothers and public at the passage of the procession, the rustic lighting of the teas and a tour through narrow, cobbled streets that runs partly alongside the medieval wall and some of the temples Romanesque emblems of Zamora.

The dress of the 470 Nazarenes that currently make up the brotherhood is also designed to give austerity to the procession that accompanies the Christ of the Good Death, with the tunics and cogullas of white tamarin, the crucifixes to the neck, the burlap strips and the sandals Franciscans who wear shoes.

Dozens of brothers have even opted to dispense with these and make the journey barefoot as a sign of penance, a practice popularized in Easter Zamora, especially in the night processions.

The only size of the parade, which gives its name to the brotherhood, dates back to the 16th century and was not sufficiently proven, although attributed to the gouge of Juan Ruiz de Zumeta or Gaspar Becerra.

This crucified one, of a size greater than the natural one, of 1.90 meters high by 1.75 from arm to arm, has the peculiarity of dispensing with the processional table in the parade and being carried with an inclination of 35 degrees by eight members. .

One of the most emotional moments of the procession has taken place at the foot of the church of Santa Lucia, where the penitents have been placed around the square to, in the center, place the Christ of the Good Death.

Next to him a choir composed of fifteen brothers has sung, in three voices and in Latin, the "Jerusalem, Jerusalem."

This parade has been 35 years since the introduction of that Gregorian chant by composer Miguel Manzano, which has become a hallmark of the procession.

The penitential brotherhood of the Christ of the Good Death was founded in 1974, paraded for the first time the following year and until last summer had restricted access to women, a veto that was raised by prescription of the Bishopric.

Despite this, the waiting list means that, if the number of discharges and losses continues at the current rate, the first women targeted will have to wait for about twenty years to be able to march for the first time.


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