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Fiestas – EASTER (Semana Santa) in Benidorm

Fiestas – EASTER (Semana Santa) in Benidorm

Fiestas – EASTER (Semana Santa) in Benidorm

This highly religious festival is recognised and commemorated in every city, town and mountain village throughout Spain, and is as important as Christmas is.

The varias cofradias and hermandads, (brotherhoods)  will have been preparing and practicing for months for their displays of piety and devotion to God in Semana Santa, Holy Week.

The religious statues from the churches are brought out on floats and carried aloft by teams of ‘penitentes’ as they are paraded around the local streets to the sound of solemn marching music – the participants copy the gait of the shackled Christ.

During the processions you will see people wearing (penitents) pointed hoods, which to us look like a variation of the Klu Klux Klan, these outfits date well before the days of the KKK decided to wear them and date back to 1521.  These outfits are worn as a penance for their sins, some will be walking barefoot and even chained.  There are generally 2 floats one with the statue of the virgin Mary and the other with Jesus on the cross.  It is seen as a real honour to be asked to help carry these very heavy and large floats.  There will also be lots of brass bands.

The processions begin on Palm Sunday the week before Easter, followed by those on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR SEMANA SANTA (EASTER) 2019

Please note this is translated from the original Spanish programme of events

THE PARADES

APRIL 14: SUNDAY OF RAMOS  – PALM SUNDAY
11:00 : PROCESSION OF THE PALMS
(Parish of San Jaime and Santa Ana and Parish Ntra. Sra. De la Almudena)
11:30 : PROCESSION OF THE PALMS
(Parish of Ntra. Sra. Del Carmen and Parish of San Francisco de Asís)
11:45 : PROCESSION OF THE PALMS
(Parish of Our Lady of the Sea)
12’00 : PROCESSION OF THE PALMS
(Good Shepherd Parish and San Juan Bautista Parish)
20’00 : PROCESSION OF THE REAL BROTHERHOOD NTRA. MRS. OF THE
HOPE AND PEACE, AND NARROW. FATHER JESUS ​​OF HEALTH AND HUMILITY
(Parish the Good Shepherd)

APRIL 17: ASH WEDNESDAY 
22’00 : PROCESSION OF COFRADÍA NTRO. FATHER JESUS NAZARENE
(Parish of San Jaime and Santa Ana)

APRIL 18: HOLY THURSDAY
21’00 : PROCESSION OF THE SACRAMENTAL BROTHERHOOD OF LA SANTA
DINNER AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE CHRIST OF FORGIVENESS AND GOOD DEATH
(Parish Ntra. Sra. De la Almudena)
21’00 : PROCESSION OF BROTHERHOOD THE PRAYER OF JESUS ​​IN THE GETSEMANI GARDEN
(Parish of San Juna Bautista)

APRIL 19: FRIDAY HOLY – GOOD FRIDAY (Holiday in Spain)
20’30 : GENERAL PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BURIAL
(Parish of San Jaime and Santa Ana)

APRIL 21: RESURRECTION SUNDAY – EASTER SUNDAY
08’00 : PROCESSING OF THE MEETING AND THE EMBASSY
(Parish of San Jaime and Santa Ana)

If you’re in Benidorm, try to see at least one, you won’t regret it.  There’s a slight possibility that these times may change a little due to unforeseen circumstances!

19th – Good Friday and 22nd – Easter Monday are public holidays so banks, offices and some shops will be closed.

FULL SCHEDULE – MASS TIMES ETC

PARISH OF SAN JAIME AND SANTA ANA
SUNDAY OF RAMOS: 10:00 h. Mass. 11:00 h. Blessing of Branches and Palms, at the end,
Mass. First day of the Triduum to Ntro. Father Jesus Nazareno. 7:00 p.m. Mass.
MONDAY HOLY: 7:00 p.m. Mass. Second day of the Triduum to Ntro. Father Jesus Nazareno.
TUESDAY SANTO: 18:00 h. Confessions 7:00 p.m. Mass. Third day of the Triduum to Ntro. Father Jesus
Nazarene.
WEDNESDAY HOLY: 6:00 p.m. Confessions 7:00 p.m. Mass. 22:00 h. Procession Brotherhood Ntro.
Father Jesus Nazareno.
HOLY THURSDAY: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 h. Confessions 6:00 p.m. Child Representation Last Supper of the
Lord and Mass prayed on Holy Thursday. 7:30 p.m. Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Supper. 23:00 h. Hour
Santa and Via Crucis on the Street.
FRIDAY HOLY: 07:00 h. Monte Calvario, Via Crucis and Sermon of the 7 Words. 6:00 p.m.
Celebration of the Death of the Lord. 8:30 p.m. General Procession and the Holy Burial.
SATURDAY HOLY: 22:00 h. Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord.
RESURRECTION SUNDAY: 08:00 h. Procession of the Meeting and Embassy, ​​at the end of the
Procession Holy Mass. 10:00, 12:00 and 19:00 h. Mass.
THE GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH
SUNDAY OF RAMOS APRIL 14: 09:30 h. Prayer of Lauds. 10:00 h. Mass. 11:00 h. Santa
Mass. 12:00 h. Blessing of palms and procession. 12:30 h. Mass.
MONDAY HOLY APRIL 15: 09:00 h. Prayer of Lauds. 6:00 p.m. Confessions 7:00 p.m. Prayer of
Rosary beads. 7:30 p.m. Mass.
TUESDAY HOLY APRIL 16: 09:00 h. Prayer of Lauds. 6:00 p.m. Confessions 7:00 p.m. Prayer of
Rosary beads. 7:30 p.m. Mass.
WEDNESDAY SAINT APRIL 17: 09:00 h. Prayer of Lauds. 6:00 p.m. Confessions 7:00 p.m. I pray
Rosary. 7:30 p.m. Mass.
THURSDAY HOLY APRIL 18: 09:00 Prayer of Lauds. 6:00 p.m. Holy Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
7:30 p.m. Holy Mass of the Lord’s Supper and solemn reservation of the Most Holy in the Monument. 23:00 h.
Holy Hour. 24:00 h. Shifts of Adoration before the Monument.
FRIDAY HOLY APRIL 19: 10:00 h. Prayer of Lauds. 12:30 h. Holy Office of the Passion and
Death of the Lord
SATURDAY HOLY APRIL 20: 11:00 h. Prayer of Lauds. 23:00 h. Solemn Easter Vigil.
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21: 09:30 h. Prayer of Lauds. 10:00 h. Mass. 11:00 h.
Mass. 12:30 h. Mass. 7:00 p.m. Prayer of the Rosary. 7:30 p.m. Mass.
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA PARISH
SUNDAY OF RAMOS: (Saturday: at 18:30 h.) 10:00, 12:00 h. Blessing of the Branches and Palms and
then Eucharist, and in the evening at 18:30 h.
MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY SAINT: at 6:30 p.m.
HOLY THURSDAY: At 6:30 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m. Mass Last Supper of the Lord. At 00:00 h. Holy Hour.
FRIDAY HOLY: Professions Passion and Death of the Lord at 5:00 p.m. at 11:30 p.m. Via Crucis from the
parish to the Hermitage of Santa María del Mar.
SATURDAY HOLY: Solemn Vigila Pascual at 22:00 h.
EASTER SUNDAY: 11:00, 12:00 and 18:30 h.
EVERY DAY BEFORE THE CELEBRATIONS, THERE WILL BE A CONFESSOR

NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL CARMEN PARISH
SUNDAY OF BOUQUETS: 9,30; 10.30; 11.30; 12.30; 18.30 and 19.30 h. Mass.
MONDAYS and TUESDAY HOLY: 10:30; 6.30 and 7.30 pm Holy Mass.
WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY: 10:30; 18.30 and Penitencial at 7.30 pm.
HOLY THURSDAY: Confessions from 10.00 to 12.00. Masses at 6.30 and 7.30. HOLY HOUR: 23:00 h.
FRIDAY HOLY: 10:30 h. Via Crucis Of fi ces: 18.30 and 19.30 h.
SATURDAY HOLY: 21.30 h. Solemn Easter Vigil.
EASTER SUNDAY: 9:30; 10.30; 11.30; 12.30; 18.30 and 19.30 h. Mass.
NTRA PARISH MRS. FROM SEA
SUNDAY OF RAMOS: 11:45 h. Blessing of Palms and Ramos and Procession. 12:00 and 19:30 h. Santa
Mass.
MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY HOLY: 7:30 pm Holy Mass.
HOLY THURSDAY: 7:30 p.m. Holy Mass of the Lord’s Supper. 23:00 h. Holy Hour.
FRIDAY HOLY: Liturgical Celebration of the Passion of the Lord and Way of the Cross: 17:00 h.
SATURDAY HOLY: 23:00 h. Solemn Easter Vigil.
EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION: 12:00 and 7:30 p.m., Holy Mass.
HERMITAGE OF SANZ
DAY 25 OF MARCH, SUNDAY OF BOUQUETS: 10,30 h. Blessing of Branches and Palms and Holy Mass.
DAY 1 APRIL, SUNDAY OF EASTER OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD: 10.30 h. Santa
Mass.
PARISH NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA ALMUDENA
SUNDAY OF RAMOS: 10:00 h. Holy Mass, 11:00 h. Blessing of Palms and Branches and Procession with
the usual itinerary, then Holy Mass. 19:30. Mass.
MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY HOLY: 7:00 PM. Holy Rosary, Solemn Triduum to the Most Holy
Christ and Holy Mass.
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Confessions
HOLY THURSDAY: 7:30 p.m. Holy Mass of the Lord’s Supper. 01:00 h. Early morning Holy Hour.
FRIDAY HOLY: 11:00 h. Sermon of the Seven Words. 5:00 p.m. Liturgical Celebration of the Passion
of the Lord
SATURDAY HOLY: 23:00 h. Solemn Easter Vigil.
EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION: 12:00 and 7:30 p.m. Mass.
MONDAY OF EASTER: 10:00 h. Mass.
PARISH SAN FRANCISCO DE ASÍS
SUNDAY OF RAMOS: 10:00 h. Mass. 11:30 h. Blessing and procession of the palms, below
Mass. 6:30 p.m. Mass.
THURSDAY SAINT: 18:00 h. Mass of the Lord’s Supper. 23:00 h. Holy Hour before the Monument.
FRIDAY SANTO: (From 9:00 am you can already visit the Monument). 11:00 h. Via Crucis,
through the streets of the neighborhood (Around the Park C / Bélgica and Municipi). 6:00 p.m. Liturgical celebration of the
Passion of Ntro. Mr. Jesus Christ.
SATURDAY HOLY: 22:00 h. Easter Vigil. (This is not the usual Mass on Saturdays).
SUNDAY OF RESURRECTION: 10:00 h. Mass. 12:00 h. Mass. 6:30 p.m. Mass

EASTER EGGS

Chocolate eggs are not associated with Easter in Spain although you will see some available in the supermarkets.

The Spanish celebrate with a round sweet bread called Mona de pascua, this is sprinkled with sugar and topped with a hard boiled egg. These are eaten on Easter Monday and are a sign of the end of lent, when the whole family will go out for a picnic in the country.

Some families now prefer the more modern method of preparing this cake which involves chocolate and a lot of vibrant colors and cakes this version would be topped with nuts, candied fruits, or chocolate, with chocolate eggs (instead of the hard boiled) with colorful feathers and figurines of baby chicks!

Recipe for Mona de Pascua (Traditional)

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 kg – Flour
  • 75 g – Sugar
  • 50 g – Butter
  • 3 – Eggs
  • 10 gr. – Salt
  • 1 – Lemon rind, grated
  • 50 g. – Yeast
  • Milk
  • For decoration:
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Oil
  • Egg, beaten

Preparation:

Knead the flour with the sugar, eggs, salt, yeast, butter and lemon rind.

Add the milk slowly until you have a homogeneous mass that pulls away from your hands.

Let stand for 30 minutes.

Shape it into a mountain, making a depression in the top, spreading it out until it forms a crown.

Brush with oil and firmly press in the boiled eggs in their shells.

Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.

Allow to ferment for 20 minutes and bake at 170ºC for 45 minutes.

 

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