Brotherhood of Nazarean Jesus

Good Friday | 11 h.

The Steps

Chapel of Jesus Nazarene, St. Pablo Square, St. Domingo of Guzman, St. Teresa of Jesus, Inmaculada Square, St. Pedro, Old main Street, Doctrinos, General Amor, Isable the Catholic Square, Cestilla, D. Sancho, Joaquin Costa, Salt Square, Main Square, Secretario Vazquez, Ignacio Martinez de Azcoitia, Main Street, Leon Square, St. Pablo Square, Jesus Nazarene.

[11:00] Departure. Chapel of Jesus Nazarene. [12:10] Greetings to the Christ of Medinaceli. San Miguel. [13:50] Greetings to the Virgin of Piety. Penitential Church of St Agustin. [14:30] Floral offering for the deceased and Farewell. Chapel of Jesus Nazarene.

Attention places
[11:45] Inmaculada Square. [12:20] Doctrinos. [12:50] Cestilla.

At the end of this processional parade, which allows to see with the light of the morning the high artistic value of the baroque ensembles, an emotional farewell takes place between the paces of Jesus Nazarene "the Old" and the Virgin of Bitterness. The farewell is held at the end of the procession and in front of the facade of the Jesus Nazarene Chapel, in St. Pablo Square. A crowd stand up watching carefully and in deep silence the farewell of Jesus to his mother. The Nazarene performs three bows or bows while the brothers of the brotherhood, barefoot, carry Jesus. In front of them is placed the "New" Nazarene that observes, as a spectator more, what happens there. The music marks the end of the act, while the images return to the Chapel of the Brotherhood one more year, after having remembered the Calvary that Christ made. The brothers follow the example of the first Cofrades of the XVII century, marked by a deep devotion, by the sobriety in the forms and by a constant prayer.


This first Holy Week of 1605 would be of extraordinary importance, since the illusions of the Brothers were placed in their first processions. The Brotherhood had the intention of walk in the procession of Good Friday of that year at two in the afternoon, but this hour did not seem very opportune to the brothers of St. Francisco. To avoid any kind of confrontation with other guilds, on January 16 a town hall was held that agreed to leave at 6 in the morning. "(...) Therefore, we orden that this confederacy will make every Good Friday evening a procession of Nazarenes by the City with crosses and tunics and caps of vocation or black lily and not of another color or quality and they will carry all Rosaries in their hands. (...) More away those who carry Cross or light as those who govern and ask go covered with their hoods and tunics girded with a rope of esparto, and no other sign siquisieren yr barefoot or rope around the neck. (...) More away those who rule as those who ask and all others, who are in the processsion keep sumo silentio in the yda, and return under pain of a pound of wax for every time I speak and if necessary they can say it to the ear in you vaxa, and the deciles that walk or sedetengan will be touching them with the hand and throwing them of the clothes ". As a key date in the splendid resurgence of the Brotherhood, we could take the year 1952, or at least as a starting point for the new Good Friday Processions. Once the corresponding appointments were made for this year, a commission was named "Pro Best Procession of Good Friday". The idea emerged on the same day as the previous Good Friday, when some brothers understood the need to enhance these processions. To achieve the ultimate goal they proposed, and that was none other than to improve the processions, the most important thing was to have economic resources. When these seemed considerable, several sketches were commissioned to various artists for the acquisition of a new image of the Virgin de la Bitterness. The order was made to the artist Victor de los Rios, who also acquired in 1955, for the facilities he gave them, another image of Jesus Nazarene. The denomination of the brotherhood is changed, to include the Virgin of the Bitterness like copatron saint of the same, and it is remembered that the sisters did not leave but in the procession of the Virgin of the Bitterness, the Holy Thursday, and in the one of the Virgin of the Pains, on Holy Saturday.

Observing the Nazarene rule, early, on Good Friday, the brotherhood will celebrate its devotional and traditional procession of the Sacred Steps, where appears the six paces owned by the brotherhood, three of these paces are carried on their shoulders, inviting the brotherhoods of the city to do penance leading to Our Father Jesus Nazarene, the other two are carried by brothers of Jesus Nazarene. Both Nazarenes must behave for barefoot brothers as our rule mandates out of respect and penance. At the end of the procession, after a floral offering to all the deceased brothers who preceded us, Jesus says goodbye to his mother in a very emotional act. So spectacular and overwhelming is to see the paces go out on the shoulders of the chapel door as witness the arrival of the procession and the farewell of Jesus to his Mother, where approaching slowly and with a gentle swing Jesus kneels in front of her before go back to the chapel.


Our Father Jesus Nazarene

Our Father Jesus Nazarene and Cirineo


Cross erection

Longino's thrown

Our Mother of Bitterness