Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday Processional in Enna

Mom and I took a base-sponsored tour to Enna, which is located almost directly in the center of Sicily. We went there to watch their very well-known Good Friday processional, where the 12 confraternities gather at the city's central cathedral and carry statues of Jesus and Sorrowful Mary through the streets of the city. We're not Catholic, so much of what was happening wasn't very clear to us, but it was beautiful to watch, and the statue of Jesus in the glass coffin was very moving to look at. We actually walked through the city to the central cathedral and sat in there while all 12 of the churches filed in, and then we stood on the steps of the cathedral when the music started and Jesus and Mary were brought out. Each was carried by a group of about 40 men, who swayed back and forth to the beat of the music.

After the processional, we found a little restaurant and had a very nice dinner - antipasto, zucchini and shrimp ravioli, grilled shrimp and cassata. Delicious as usual!

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