The Feast of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Holy Cross

La Cruz de la Pasión (The Passion Cross) in Albaida, was erected in the year 1788 in commemoration of the preaching of the well-known Brother Diego José de Cádiz, a Capuchin missionary, and was made in Albaida the previous year. It was paid for by the brothers Vicent and Francesc Monzó, who had gone round the towns and villages in Andalusia looking for materials for their soap factory and they had noticed that in all of the towns where Brother Diego José had preached there was a cross on the outskirts recalling that day. Thus they wished that Albaida also had a commemorative cross. The original no longer remains, there is but a replica that was made after the Civil War. On the other hand, the Feast of the Holy Cross in Albaida is currently to be found completely dissociated from the origin of this statue. On 3rd May the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of La Invención (The Invention) or the Hallazgo de la Santa Cruz (Finding of the Holy Cross), which occurred in the year 326, en manso de Santa Elena (Saint Helen), the mother of the Emperador Constantine. This festivity, which has spread around the world, is also represented in Albaida, where the neighbours of the streets surrounding the niche where the Passion Cross is conserved, which leans against the Ex-Convent of the Capuchin Monks, throw themselves into the celebration. For this reason the niche of the Holy Cross se engalna, as well as the square known as Plaza de Mercado, to celebrate a Holy Mass in commemoration of the Finding of the Cross.

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  • Town: Albaida
  • Start date: 03/05/2016
  • End date: 03/05/2016

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