Holy Week in Toledo
The [Holy Week of Toledo, declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest, has a special attraction due to the peculiar scenery of the narrow and steep streets and its penitential severity.
All the processions take place at night, showing the beauty and antiquity of some images in the light of candles and candles. Each Brotherhood and Brotherhood wear their dresses of characteristic colors for each, Nazarene type, composed of habit with sash and cap, hood or capirote on the head, many with veil that hides the face.
During several previous days The Board of Brotherhoods and Brotherhoods of the Holy Week of Toledo and the Toledan Church celebrate their septenaries and triduums with the Holy Offices and other cults, as an imposition and blessing of the habits of the new brothers. In addition to attending the processions, we visit the Most Holy in the traditional Monuments, especially in the cloistered convents.
It is a unique opportunity to see their churches, real artistic gems, open to the public only on Thursday and Good Friday.
The first procession takes place on Friday of Sorrows, in the previous week. The image of Our Lady of Solitude is carried and accompanied by the Ladies of her Brotherhood, dressed in rigorous mourning, leaving at eleven o'clock in the evening of the church of Santas Justa and Rufina.
The procession of Palm Sunday leaves the cathedral by the Puerta del Reloj, to enter again through the Puerta Llana. The procession of the Most Holy Christ of Hope, on Holy Monday, is usually accompanied in its beginning by Gregorian chants of seminarians.
The procession of Holy Wednesday, Christ the Redeemer, ends with the Miserere sung in the convent church of Santo Domingo el Real. On the night of Thursday to Good Friday, two processions leave the Primate Cathedral, at nine the first and at midnight the second.
They are wider, because they are joined by the processions of the Christ of Expiration, from three in the morning and the Holy Encuentro from six in the morning. This same day, at dusk, three processions begin simultaneously, starting in the oldest parishes, Santa Leocadia,
El Salvador and Santa Justa and Rufina, sharing part of their journey, to return to their respective churches. They are the processions of the Christ of Mercy, the Most Holy Christ of the Faith and of the Holy Burial.
Then, at one o'clock in the morning, being already Saturday, the procession of the Christ of the Good Death begins, from the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, the penitents taking the Franciscan habit.
The paschal vigil is carried out in all the churches, waiting for midnight, entering the Resurrection Sunday with the double procession of the Blessed Virgin of Joy and the Risen Jesus, in which, after the encounter of the images, the Virgin the veil of mourning is removed and the attendees celebrate with a chocolate drink in front of the parish of San Andrés. Source: Tourism Toledo