Chicago Festivals 2015

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MAY 2015


 

Chicago Dance Month
Through May 1

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
May 2

James Beard Foundation Awards *new event*
May 4

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Spring Festival
May 7 – 23

Chicago Zine Fest
May 8 – 9

Chicago Craft Beer Week
May 14 – 24

Mayfest
May 15 – 17

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust presents Wright Plus Housewalk
May 16

Chicago Memorial Day Parade
May 23

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
May 23 – September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Randolph Street Market Festival
May 23 – 24

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
May 23 – 24

Bike the Drive
May 24

Maifest
May 28 – 31

Millennium Art Festival
May 29 – 31

Chicago Gospel Music Festival *30th annual*
May 29 – 31

Pivot Arts Festival
May 28 – June 7

Do Division
May 29 – 31

Lincoln Park Wine Festival
May 30 – 31

 

Art in Chicago

Art in Chicago

2015


 

JUNE 2015


 

Pivot Arts Festival
Through June 7

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Millennium Park Music Series
June 1 – August 27

Taste of Little Village: Flavors of Mexico
June 5 – 7

57th Street Art Fair
June 6 – 7

Pilsen Food Truck Social

June 6 – 7

Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair 
June 6 – 7

Andersonville Midsommarfest
June 12 – 14

Ribfest Chicago
June 12 – 14

Chicago Blues Festival
June 12 – 14

Spring Awakening Music Festival
June 12 – 14

Grant Park Music Festival
June 17 – August 22

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival
June 17 – 21

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas & Puerto Rican People’s Parade
June 18 – 21

Taste of Randolph
June 19 – 21

Windy City Lake Shake
June 19 – 21

Six Corners BBQ Fest
June 20 – 21

Chicago Pride Fest

June 20 – 21

Gold Coast Art Fair
June 20 – 21

Green Music Fest
June 20 – 21

Dew Tour at Grant Park Skate Park
June 20-21

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
June 23 – August 25: Tuesdays

Chicago SummerDance
June 26 – September 13

Chinatown Dragon Boat Race
June 27

Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party
June 27

Randolph Street Market Festival
June 27 – 28

June 27 – 28

Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest
June 27 – 28

The Dog Dayz of Summer
June 27-28

Chicago Pride Parade
June 28

Street Food in Chicago

Taco

 

JULY 2015


Chicago Pizza Fest 2012

Chicago Pizza Fest 2012

4th of July at the Wrigley Building in Magnificent Chicago

4th of July at the Wrigley Building in Magnificent Chicago

Patriotic Wrigley Building in Chicago

Patriotic Wrigley Building in Chicago

Millennium Park Music Series
Through August 27

Grant Park Music Festival
Through August 22

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Through August 25: Tuesdays

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Chicago SummerDance
Through September 13

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life
July 3 – 5

Windy City RibFest in Uptown
July 3 – 5

Fourth of July Fireworks at Navy Pier
July 4

Chosen Few Picnic: House Music Festival *25th annual*
July 4

Taste of Chicago *35th annual*
July 8 – 12

Windy City Smokeout
July 10 – 12

Square Roots Festival
July 10 – 12

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
July 11

Roscoe Village Burger Fest
July 11 – 12

West Fest
July 11 – 12

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 17 – 19

Summer on Southport
July 18 – 19

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk
July 18 – 19

Chicago Craft Beer Festival
July 18 – 19

Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival
July 18 – 19

Chinatown Summer Fair
July 19

Taste of Lincoln Avenue
July 25 – 26

Randolph Street Market Festival
July 25 – 26

Wicker Park Fest
July 25 – 26

Fiesta del Sol
July 30 – August 2

Lollapalooza
July 31 – August 2

16 Candles Band at Edge Fest 2012 in Chicago

16 Candles Band at Edge Fest in Chicago

 

AUGUST 2015


 

Lollapalooza
Through August 2

Fiesta del Sol
Through August 2

Grant Park Music Festival
Through August 22

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Through August 25: Tuesdays

Millennium Park Music Series
Through August 27

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Chicago SummerDance
Through September 13

Taste of Latin America
August 1 – 2

Edge Fest
August 1 – 2

Chicago Hot Dog Fest
August 7 – 9

Ginza Festival Chicago
August 7 – 9

Retro on Roscoe
August 7 – 9

Bud Billiken Parade & Picnic
August 8

Wrigleyville SummerFest
August 8 – 9

Northalsted Market Days
August 8 – 9

Festa Italiana
August 13 – 16

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
August 14 – 16

Chicago Air & Water Show
August 15 – 16

Great American Lobster Fest
August 15 – 16

Reggae Fest Chicago
August 15 – 16

Albany Park World Fest
August 22 – 23

Chicago Food Social
August 22 – 23

Taste of Greektown
August 22 – 23

Chicago Dancing Festival
August 25 – 29

Chicago Food + Wine Festival
August 28 – 30

SausageFest Chicago
August 28 – 30

Bucktown Arts Festival *30th annual*
August 29 – 30

Chicago Fashion Fest
August 29 – 30

Randolph Street Market Festival
August 29 – 30

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon
August 30

 

SEPTEMBER 2015


 

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Chicago SummerDance
Through September 13

Chicago Jazz Festival
September 3 – 6

The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
September 3 – 7

Chicago Fringe Festival
September 3 – 13

Shock Top Oyster Fest
September 11 – 12

Riot Fest & Carnival
September 11 – 13

German Day Festival & Von Steuben Parade
September 11 – 13

World Music Festival Chicago
September 11 – 22

Venetian Night at Navy Pier
September 12

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
September 12 – 13

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final *new event*
September 15 – 20

Fifth Star Awards
September 16

EXPO Chicago
September 17 – 20

Renegade Craft Fair
September 19 – 20

Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest
September 19 – 20

Chicago Gourmet
September 25 – 27

Oktoberfest Chicago
September 25 – 27

Design Harvest
September 26 – 27

Randolph Street Market Festival
September 26 – 27

 

OCTOBER 2015


 

Chicago Artists Month *20th annual*
October 1 – 31

Chicago Architecture Biennial *new event*
October 1 – January 3, 2016

West Town Art Walk
October 2 – 3

Chicago Marathon
October 11

Columbus Day Parade
October 12

Chicago International Film Festival
October 15 – 29

Randolph Street Market Festival
October 17 – 19

Open House Chicago presented by Chicago Architecture Foundation
October 17 – 18

 

NOVEMBER 2015


 

Chicago Architecture Biennial
Through January 3, 2016

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Remington’s Restaurant Opening in Chicago on Michigan Avenue

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4 Star Restaurant Group & Executive Chef Todd Stein set to Serve Downtown! 

 Chicago, IL (April 27, 2015) – “4 Star Restaurant Group has confirmed their new concept, Remington’s, will open to the public on Monday, May 11th for lunch and dinner service.  Located in the historic 20 N. Michigan Avenue building, Remington’s (http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001mnTp-cfTtZKVx2ke-nQMaaQUsbpkwSWlLli0-5BCZuKroJK4zPKay3xWb5bgaMBMzZkNHsZRlwA9S4nOdKJ_AQ33CxDqj5SSZdy5INLFBfvymBg5ouM0aP1WlILweuhWOVpKBNzPMaUS-M4BEsKvWqznRUTu9o00&c=-UDv9X8WMEMM2jSlajOFFq-bToCEPRgyAxuWpj8JOCnxbF2PgUz7FQ==&ch=b1WjVrHp9mYgVId-Z9REbt63wP0S8llEer35VQ2g87664lfIpym4Mw==) is positioned directly across the street from the world famous Cloud Gate,
giving it the best sightlines in town for one of America’s most iconic works of urban art.
Executive Chef Todd Stein (of Iron Chef America fame) has put the finishing touches on the menu, which features classic
cocktails and American cuisine, from crab cakes to prime steaks.  This marks the first entry into the downtown market for
4 Star Restaurant Group, owners and operators of a venerable portfolio of Chicago neighborhood restaurants, including:
Crosby’s Kitchen, The Smoke Daddy, Dunlay’s, Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar, and D.O.C. Wine Bar.

“We’re excited to introduce our neighborhood-centric restaurant model to the fast-paced downtown landscape,”

said 4 Star partner Josh Rutherford.  “Remington’s brings the upscale-casual feel of a classic American grill mixed with the

genuine hospitality of a 4 Star

restaurant to the heart of contemporary Chicago.”

About the Design & Atmosphere:
Mark Knauer, a leading visionary in the hospitality design business, has completely reimagined all 6,200 square-feet of the

20 N. Michigan Avenue space.  Remington’s exudes an “urban stately” aura, while maintaining an air of warmth and ease.
With a total seating capacity of 250, Remington’s multi-faceted design beckons to those who are taking a shopping break,
getting off work, or meeting business associates.  The entire store front features retractable floor to ceiling windows that open
completely to the sidewalk, so that

everyone in the bar area up front feels like they’re sitting on Michigan Avenue, staring right at the “Bean.”  For those who

actually want to dine alfresco, there’s a flower-laden sidewalk patio on Michigan Avenue with additional seating for up to 40

people (weather permitting).

The interior design includes wood paneled walls and rich mahoganies, black leather booths, butcher block tables, and an

open air kitchen.   The space is accented with a double sided fireplace, a rustic stone wall, and original paintings of Chicago

scenes by artist John Bukaty.  Remington’s also offers several options for private dining or parties.  The private event room

will be available for parties or meetings up to 50 people and will be completely secluded, with two smart TVs for video

presentations and multiple meeting or dining layout options.

The separate lounge area in the front of the restaurant will be available for social cocktail parties up to 30 people.

Lastly, a central wine room will yield to intimate dinners for up to 12 people.

One common theme with all 4 Star restaurants is that they are located in neighborhoods.

“We fully understand the responsibility and privilege that comes with operating a business in a tight community,”

said 4 Star partner Doug Dunlay.  “We excel at this type of relationship by embracing and partnering with neighborhood schools, groups, chambers and non-profits, as well as offering high quality

food and service at reasonable prices.  4 Star has an obligation to give back to its neighborhoods, and we look
forward to instilling that same philosophy with our new downtown location.”

About the Food & Drink:
Remington’s serves lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday, as well as an upscale weekend brunch.  Chef Todd is

spearheading the scratch kitchen, sourcing mostly from local farms and purveyors.  Small plates and American-focused

power fare will change seasonally, with simple, high quality ingredients always taking center stage.  Highlights of the opening

lunch and dinner menus include: a raw bar with oysters from both coasts and Kansai style pressed sushi, 4 Star’s original

Wrightwood and kale salads, and prime rib, filet, and chicken off a wood-fired oven rotisserie.  Other signature menu items

include: lobster deviled eggs, grilled artichokes, an herb crusted

double cut pork chop, a chicken dip sandwich, and the Remington – 18 ounces of dry aged prime bone in strip.

Remington’s wine list features over 20 interesting yet approachable wines by the glass, and another 80-plus options by

the bottle.  The well-crafted list and educated staff makes the selection of wine easy and non-threatening, so that every

palate can savor the perfect pairing.  For beer lovers, Remington’s features a curated list of local craft breweries on draft,

along with a large selection of imported and domestic choices by the bottle.  A streamlined, craft cocktail list will be classic in

nature, yet innovative and ever-evolving.

About Chef Todd Stein
Chef Stein has helmed several top kitchens across the country. Before signing on in early 2013 as Executive Chef at TWO

Urban Licks in Atlanta, he staged under Chef Eric Ripert at New York’s Le Bernadin, and led the charge at David Burke in

Las Vegas and BANK in Minneapolis.  In Chicago, Chef Stein’s resume includes head positions at MK, Cibo Matto,

The Florentine and Piccolo Sogno Due.

In 2011, he competed on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, narrowly losing to Bobby Flay.

About Remington’s
20 N. Michigan Avenue
312.782.6000
www.remingtonschicago.com
Reservations available via phone and Open Table

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:00am – 3:00p, Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm – Close

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Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour: Spring 2015

Wine Spectator Grand Tour

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Experience the World’s Finest Wines! Wine Spectator will be hosting Grand Tour events in the Spring of 2015 in three cities.

Attend the Chicago event on Thursday April 30, 2015 at Navy Pier located at 600 E. Grand Ave.

Follow this link for more information:

http://grandtour.winespectator.com/

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/html/grandtour.html

More than two hundred of the world’s finest wineries will pour one of their best wines at each stop.

Select one of WINE SPECTATOR’s Grand Tour cities near you and enjoy a wine tasting you will remember for a long time to come!

Friday, May 8, 2015                 Washington D.C. at the Dallas Hyatt Regency              300 East Reunion Blvd.              7-10 pm

Saturday, May 2, 2015                 Las Vegas at The Mirage                 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South                 7-10 pm

Here’s a list of participating wineries: http://grandtour.winespectator.com/wineries.html

 

Lake Michigan

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Chicago Holy Name Cathedral Holy Week and Easter Schedule 2015

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English: Roman Catholic monks of the preparing to light the Christ candle prior to mass]] at St. Mary’s Abbey in (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Christ washing the feet of the Apostles. Icon of Pskov school. Русский: Омовение ног (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles by Meister des Hausbuches, 1475 (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“During Holy Week the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into Jerusalem.”

Here’s the Mass Schedule at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago:

Holy Thursday, April 2, 2015

(Morning Prayer) 8:00 AM

Penance and Reconciliation 3:00-5:00PM

Mass of the Lord’s Supper 5:15 PM

Eucharistic Adoration in the Cathedral following 5:15 PM Mass

Compline (Night Prayer) 11:45 PM

Good Friday April 3, 2015

Lauds (Morning Prayer) 8:00 AM

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 3-4

Stations of the Cross 3:00 PM

Penance and Reconciliation 3:00-5:00PM

 

Holy Saturday April 4, 2015

Lauds (Morning Prayer) 8:00 AM

Blessing of Food Baskets 1:00 PM

Easter Vigil Mass 7:00 PM

Easter Sunday

April 5

Easter Sunday Masses
6:30am, 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:45pm, 5:15pm
2:00pm – Divine Mercy Novena

 

For more information visit www.holynamecathedral.org

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Incredible Easter with Fireworks in Florence Italy: Lo Scoppio del Carro

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English: Capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade, 1099, from a medieval manuscript Deutsch: Mittelalterliches Gemälde der Belagerung Jerusalems durch die Kreuzfahrer 1099 Suomi: Jerusalemin valtaus 1099. Keskiaikaisen käsikirjoituksen kuvitusta. Polski: Zdobycie Jerozolimy podczas I krucjaty (1099 r.) – rysunek ze średniowiecznego rękopisu Italiano: Conquista di Gerusalemme durante la Prima Crociata, nel 1099, da un manoscritto medievale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Photo by User:Gilabrand. Dome of the Rock viewed through Bab al-Qattanin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scoppio del Carro (Florence)

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English: Jerusalem, Dome of the rock, in the background the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Deutsch: Jerusalem, Felsendom, im Hintergrund die Grabeskirche (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Easter morning, an ornate 500-year- old,  30-foot cart is paraded through the streets of Florence Italy by a team of  white oxen covered with flowers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FmiZNeYbto&feature=fvwrel.

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English: Scoppio del Carro2 (Florence) Italiano: Scoppio del Carro2 (Firenze) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The oxen cart is escorted by men dressed as Roman soldiers, city officials,  musicians and flag-throwers dressed in medieval costumes from the Porta al Prato to  the magnificent Piazza del Duomo . This annual event is called Lo Scoppio del Carro. This “Explosion of the Cart” celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and a new beginning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIlWMQoTnhs&NR=1

After the 11:00 Easter Mass in the Duomo, the “Explosion of the Cart” will occur in front of the Baptistery at noon. The cart is pre-loaded with fireworks. A wire that stretches from the altar inside the Duomo is rigged with a mechanical dove with an olive branch in her beak called the “Columbina” (little dove) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT5qr1xqbKo&feature=related.

The olive branch and the dove symbolize the Holy Spirit as well as Easter peace. After the parishoners sing “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” (Glory to God in the Highest) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MuHQ2cxPr8&feature=fvst, the Cardinal of Florence will light a fuse that travels from the Church to ignite the cart in the Piazza. The fire is ignited by historic flints from Jerusalem. During this event, the Bells from Giotto’s Bell Tower will be  joyously ringing.

The traditional annual event lasts for about twenty minutes. A successful explosion signifies a good harvest and good business in the coming year which translates into good news for the wine-makers of Tuscany.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui8SLFG6h84&feature=related

Lo Scoppio del Carro festivities originated in the First Crusade when Europeans seiged the city of Jerusalem in an attempt to claim Palestine for Christianity. Bishop Ranieri took over Jerusalem during the First Crusade and on July 15, 1099, Pazzino di Ranieri de Pazzi‘s army defeated Jerusalem and hung a Christian banner on the walls of the Holy City.  Pazzino de Pazzi, a wealthy Florentine, was the first man to scale the walls of Jerusalem. As a reward, his commander-in-chief, Godfrey IV de Buillon gave him three chips of stone from the Holy Sepulcher of Christ which he brought back to Florence in 1101.

Scoppio del carro

Scoppio del carro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These flints were held by the Pazzi family for many years and were used to spark the “New Fire” which symbolized new life. The fire was shared with other families to help ignite things around the house like candles and fireplaces. These lights were put out on Good Friday and then lit again on Easter Sunday.

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The city of Florence assumed the responsibility and the tradition of passing the fire from Jerusalem. For many years, the stone chips were kept in the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Porta, but in 1785, the Holy Sepulcher stones were moved to the Chiesa degli Santi Apostoli. Watch this slide presentation to see the event:

http://firenze.repubblica.it/cronaca/2012/04/08/foto/lo_scoppio_del_carro-32965499/1/

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The capture of Jerusalem by the Crusaders on 15 July 1099 1. The Holy Sepulchre 2. The Dome of the Rock 3. Ramparts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Holy Fire has traditionally been struck from these ancient flints at Eastertide to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. In 1494, the Cart Explosion was lit in front of the Baptistery for the first time. They were also lit on the street corner of the Pazzi family. The lighting in front of the Pazzi family was discontinued in 1900. Over 500 years ago, the exciting tradition of lighting fireworks on Easter Sunday assumed its present form in Florence.

 

Interior of the Pazzi Chapel.

Interior of the Pazzi Chapel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Scoppio del carro 2013 31-03-2013 11-00-32 (Photo credit: Hari Seldon)

To learn more about Italy read my Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com. Happy Easter!! Buona Pasqua

 

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Semana Santa in Seductive Segovia Spain: Holy Week and Easter Traditions

Segovia Cathedral • Catedral de Segovia

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The Ancient Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain, by Nicolás Pérez. September 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Segovia is a seductive

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English: Aqueduct of Segovia, Spain Français : L’aqueduc de Ségovie, Espagne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UNESCO World Heritage Site in Spain that is imbued with the spirit of an old Castillian town. It was declared a UNESCO site in 1985 and it is protected by the Eresma and Clamores Rivers with and impressive collection of historic monuments.

Aqueduct of Segovia

Aqueduct of Segovia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Segovia is less than 50 miles away from Madrid. It is about 3,000 feet above sea level and has an incredibly well-preserved Roman aqueduct that is over 2000 years old. The mortarless Roman Aqueduct is made from granite blocks and was used to carry water from the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains to the city. It is considered to be one of the best civil engineering works in Spain with 166 arches and 120 columns that transported water fro the La Acebeda to the Alcazar, defying the laws of gravity. In 1072, 36 arches were damaged during the attack of Al-Mamun from Toledo. The town also has a fabulous cathedral and historic castle named Alcazar. UNESCO site in Spain

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Segovia is a Castilian town in Spain

During Holy Week (Semana Santa), at the base of the Aquaduct, faithful Christians don tunics, capes and pointed hoods for the annual ceremonies. The procession of religious brotherhoods are accompanied by their treasured sacred sculptures of Jesus and Mary.

Semana Santa reaches a climax on Good Friday when faithful adherents of the city’s brotherhoods work their way through the medieval streets to the Cathedral http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scyPexq0DNk&feature=related.

Segovia  houses an impressive Alcazar fortress/castle with a moat and draw-bridge loaded with plenty of art, stained glass windows and military memorabilia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN-YEQX4Ka8.  It was built over the remains of a Roman fortress and became a Royal residence in the 13th century. Climb to the top of the tower to enjoy the magnificent Vino con Vista views of the historic city. The throne room has a beautiful mudejar ceiling www.alcazardesegovia.com.

Segovia Spain

Segovia Spain

Segovia Spain

Segovia Spain

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Segovia Spain's Alcazar

Segovia Spain

The 16th century Renaissance-Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria frames Plaza Mayor and marks the border of th Old Jewish Quarter. It was consecrated in 1768. There are 18 chapels with noteworthy art by Spanish artists like Pedro Berruguete and Sanchez Coello. It has a beautiful altarpiece designed by Sabatini.  Segovia is located in the Castilla and Leon region, a short drive from Madrid.

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In Segovia, enjoy some suckling or roasted pig with some of the local white wines from Nieva or the red wines from Valtiendas. The town is also famous for marzipan made by cloister nuns and bakeries.

Happy Easter from your Travel Buddies  @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites.
 

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Easter and Holy Week Rituals in Sicily: Buona Pasqua

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English: Cathedral of San Giorgio, Modica, Sicily, Italy. Français : Cathédrale San Giorgio, Modica, Sicile, Italie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: Coat of Arms of Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Coat of arm of Sicily

English: Coat of arm of Sicily (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A baroque church in Modica

A baroque church in Modica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many towns in Sicily have a

 

Petralia Sottana, Sicily

Petralia Sottana, Sicily (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

strong tradition of religious rites and ceremonies that date from the Spanish Domination of the 15th-17th centuries. These rites are demonstrated during mystic Holy Week celebrations.

 

On Good Friday at 5:00 p.m., the Society of the Passion of Christ  leaves their parish church and is joined by all the other Confraternities on Via Roma. They make their way to Chiesa dell’Addorlarato. The statue of  “Our Lady  of the Seven Sorrows” is carried to to the Cathedral where the Urn of the Dead Christ awaits her. At 7:00 p.m., thousands march in a solemn and silent torch-lit  procession behind men dressed in white hooded costumes. These costumes represent medieval fraternities of artisans and artists (Confraternities). Today there are 15 of the original 34 Confraternities still in existence. They take turns carrying marble statues of a deceased Christ and “Our Lady of Sorrows.” The group is accompanied by 24 symbols of Christ’s martrydom including the cross containing a reliquary of the “Crown of Thorns” and tools of flagellation.  Watch this video of Easter Rituals in Enna http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ3kX-uGRec&feature=related.

 

Holy Week celebrations begin on Palm Sunday with the Procession of the Confraternities, the L’Ura  from their individual churches to the Duomo  in solemn Eucharistic adoration.  The Baroque Duomo was founded by Eleonora, the wife of the 13th century Swabian King Frederick II.  The Cathedral has a spacious 16th century interior. The Confraternities are accompanied by the town band on their way to the Cathedral.

 

On Easter Sunday the ritual involves “A Paci” when the statues of the Resurrected Christ and Mary are reunited in the Cathedral Square under a joyous celebration of ringing bells.

 

Some of the other towns in Sicily where you can witness elaborate Holy Week (Settimana Santa) and Easter (Pasqua) rituals include:

 

Modica http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ajKBBwQBtg&feature=related

 

Caltanissetta http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYUq5jXAB-8&feature=related

 

Corleone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gMksfWbHhU

 

Vizzini http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SO-KekZSTY

 

and Petralia Sottana U “Ncuontru http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ePVTL00S3U

 

Petralia Sottana (PA), Panorama parziale.

Petralia Sottana (PA), Panorama parziale. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Elaborate Holy Week and Easter Rituals in Toledo Spain: Semana Santa

English: A five-segment panorama of the Tagus ...

English: A five-segment panorama of the Tagus River in Toledo, Spain. Taken with a Canon 5D and 24-105mm f/4L lens. Français : Vue panoramique du Tage à Tolède, en Espagne. Panorama obtenu en assemblant 5 clichés faits avec un appareil Canon 5D et un objectif 24-105mm f/4L. Română: O panoramă alcătuită din cinci fotografii a râului Tagus din Toledo, Spania. Realizată cu un Canon 5D şi obiectiv de 24-105mm f/4L. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bridge of Alcántara.

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English: Toledo, Puerta de Bisagro

English: Toledo, Puerta de Bisagro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: House of El Greco (partial view) : To...

English: House of El Greco (partial view) : Toledo, Spain. Español: Casa de El Greco (vista parcial) : Toledo, España (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visit the historical city of Toledo Spain during Holy Week or on Easter. The charming UNESCO World Heritage City of Toledo Spain is the Toledo Spainrepository of more than 2000 years of history and architectural styles.  Toletum was the capital of Roman Carpetania.  It is an outstanding Vino con Vista destination, especially during Easter ceremonies. Toledo was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986. Corpus Christi Week is the most important holiday in Toledo when the ground is covered with rosemary and thyme.

World Heritage Site Toledo Spain

The Mudejar architectural style of the Middle Ages, arose from the multi-cultural  interplay of forces among the three major religious groups who lived there: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Toledo has a broad spectrum of structures from the medieval period including walls and fortified buildings like San Servando Castle.  The former capital of Spain is about 42 miles southwest of Spain‘s newer capital city of Madrid. Felipe II transferred the Royal Court to Madrid in 1561.

The Assumption of the Virgin

The Assumption of the Virgin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Panorama of the Toledo skyline in Spain, at su...

Panorama of the Toledo skyline in Spain, at sunset. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The River Tagus loops around the historical gems of this fortified city and is crowned with gorgeous historic bridges. The Alcazar fortress occupies the highest point of the city and was used as a military base and fortress by the Romans, Arabs and Christians. Ultimately, it became the residence of King Alfonso VI and then Carlos V converted the building into a Royal Palace. Each facade of the fortress is different and reflects different architectural eras: The east facde is Medieval and the facade on the west is Renaissance. It houses the Army and Military Museum.

Toledo Spain

Coat of Arms

Toledo Spain

Toledo Spain

The Primal See in Toledo was using an old Mosque which was reconsecrated as the main church in 1086 by Alfonso VI. The Primada Cathedral was built between 1226 and 1493 on the site of a VIsigoth church. The Gothic Cathedral‘s first stone was ceremoniously laid in 1221. The Cathedral is brimming with art treasures and has a valuable collection of El Greco and Goya masterpieces.  Visit the beautiful chapels and the Renaissance Choir. The cathedral that was originally started in the sixth century by San Eugenio, the first Bishop of Toledo, was converted into a mosque that became the main church before the Gothic Cathedral was built.

Toledo Spain

Toledo Spain

El Greco is one of Spain’s most revered Renaissance artists. In March of 1586 he obtained the commission for The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. In 2014, the 400th anniversary of his death was celebrated with special exhibitions in Toledo.

Detail of the painting.

Detail of the painting. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

El Greco - The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (d...

El Greco – The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (detail) – WGA10487 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

El Greco - The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (d...

El Greco – The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (detail) – WGA10490 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

El Greco self-portrait, 1604

El Greco self-portrait, 1604 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His 1586 masterpiece “El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz” (translates into the Burial of the Count of Orgaz) is located at the foot of the church of Santo Tome. The painting portrays Saint Augustine and Saint Steven in elegant golden vestments. They are preparing to  carry his life-less body to his tomb. The young boy holding the torch on the bottom left of the painting is El Greco’s son. The bearded gentleman directly above Saint Stephen is a self-portrait of El Greco.

The Holy Trinity, 1577–1579, by El Greco

The Holy Trinity, 1577–1579, by El Greco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my favorite El Greco paintings in Toledo is “The Tears of Saint Peter”  which is displayed in the Studio of his Museum in Toledo. Tour the charming House and Museum of El Greco in Toledo Spain during Semana Santa. El Greco never lived in this place, but the house has a collection of his paintings. Another one of my favorite El Greco paintings is “Jesus Carrying the Cross.”

El Greco, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

El Greco, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Toledo Spain

Toledo Spain

Toledo, the  former capital of Spain, sits majestically on a hilltop in the Castilla- La Mancha region immortalized by Miguel de Cervante’s famous “Don Quixote.”

Toledo Spain

Puerta del Sol Toledo Spain Toledo is 70 km so...

Puerta del Sol Toledo Spain Toledo is 70 km south of Madrid. It is the capital of the province of Toledo and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage as one of the former capitals of the Spanish , España Empire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Toledo was the temporary seat of Emperor Charles V. He endowed the city with the status of an imperial, crowned city. The fervor and devotion of Holy Week traditions of Semana Santa de Toledo are reminicient of 16th century Spanish traditions. Processions with residents dressed in hooded costumes signify the death and mourning of Jesus Christ. These solemn processions throughout the town during Holy Week, tell the story of the Passion and resurrection of Christ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4FCEnOPlng.

Detalle de Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo en la pintur...

Detalle de Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo en la pintura El entierro del conde de Orgaz de El Greco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cambrón Gate, Toledo, Spain Français : Porte d...

Cambrón Gate, Toledo, Spain Français : Porte de Cambrón, Tolède, Espagne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Semana Santa is a very special time in Spain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yOHWjOBYJY&feature=related.

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Witness the Story of Easter in Rome: Buona Pasqua

c. 1580

c. 1580 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Master of the Tiburtine Sibyl Princeton

Master of the Tiburtine Sibyl Princeton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Tiburtine Sybil, woodcut from the Nurember...

The Tiburtine Sybil, woodcut from the Nuremberg Chronicle Français : La Sibylle Tiburtine, bois gravé tiré de la Chronique de Nuremberg, feuille 93 verso (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 12th Station of the Cross - Jesus dies on ...

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A 14th-century of Jesus Christ bearing the cro...

A 14th-century of Jesus Christ bearing the cross, from the monastery in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italiano: La Sibilla Tiburtina, 1483, affresco...

Italiano: La Sibilla Tiburtina, 1483, affresco nella Chiesa di S. Giovanni Evangelista a Tivoli (Roma). L’immagine è racchiusa in un tondo e deliminata in un anello bianco con il basso l’espressione SIC AIT riferito alla profezia che viene riportata sotto il ritratto. La profezia inizia all’interno del medaglione per proseguire al di sotto di esso. The Tiburtine Sibyl, 1483. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Tiburtine sibyl and the Emperor Augustus i...

The Tiburtine sibyl and the Emperor Augustus is a 16th-century chiaroscuro woodcut by Antonio da Trento. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pope Francis and the Vatican gear up for Holy Week Celebrations and ancient traditions in and around Rome. These events commemorate the last week of the life of Jesus Christ before his painful death on the cross and ultimate Resurrection.

The Tiburtine Sybil named Albunea, told Emperor Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) in a mystic meeting, that the first-born of God would one day rule his empire: “Haec est ara primogeniti Dei”-This is the altar of the first-born of God.

Augustus commemorated the spot by erecting an altar. The church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli (altar of Heaven) now crowns the highest point of the Campidoglio in Rome with 124 steps that lead to the entrance of the church. In the church, the figures of Augustus and the Tiburtine Sibyl are painted on either side of the arch above the high altar.

English: Santa Maria in Aracoeli (façade), Rome.

English: Santa Maria in Aracoeli (façade), Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Antonio da Trento, Tiburtine Sibyl and the Emp...

Antonio da Trento, Tiburtine Sibyl and the Emperor Augustus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Inside this church are the relics of St. Helen in a porphyry urn. Saint Helena was the mother of Emperor Constantine who ultimately decreed the Christianization of pagan Rome. Inside the church, there is a chapel of the Santo Bambino. The Bambino is carved from olive wood from Jerusalem using wood from the Garden of Gethsemane. It was created by a Franciscan monk in the 15th century.

Furthermore, the Tiburtine Sibyl prophesied a final Emperor named Constan who would “vanquish the foes of Christianity and end paganism.” Michelangelo portrayed the Sibyls in the frescos of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

The Tiburtine Sybil's prophecy to the Emperor ...

The Tiburtine Sybil’s prophecy to the Emperor Augustus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Easter story of the “Passion of Christ” is depicted in the 14 “Stations of the Cross.” The “INRI” on the cross is the abbreviation of “King of the Jews” in Hebrew. During his lifetime, Jesus encountered the same type of pain that normal people excounter. He endured physical pain, mental anguish, rejection, abandonment and betrayal. Holy Week allows us to recall the great sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us and signifies new beginnings.

Holy Week is one of the most religious and exciting times of the year to visit Rome and many other towns in Italy and Spain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZl_Ab29id4&NR=1. Holy Week events begin on Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday. On this day, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on  a donkey and was welcomed as royalty with the path paved with branches and palms. The ceremonies during the week revolve around the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Palm Sunday,  Holy Week begins with the Pope‘s blessing of the palms in St. Peter’s Square.

The three days before Easter are called the Paschal Triduum of Death, Burial and Resurrection of the Lord http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcNFTNu1I4M. The Easter Vigil is the high point of the Triduum: “The night Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave.”  The church empties the Holy Water from the fonts on the days of the Sacred Paschal Triduum in preparation of the blessing of the water at the Easter Vigil. The Passion is read three times during Holy Week: Passion Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The words of Jesus are always read by a priest.

On Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), the Pope performs a rare morning mass. “The Mass of the Chrism” is held in St. Peter’s Square when the oils are blessed and the Chrism is consecrated.  Chrism is a combination of balsam and oil and is used for annointing for occasions like confirmation and ordinations.

In the evening after sun-down, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and the Last Supper of Jesus with the Apostles. This event includes a reading of Matthew’s account of the “Passion of Christ”; the narration of Jesus’ capture, suffering and death. It includes the representation of Jesus Christ washing the feet of his Disciples which was carried out by Pope Benedict at the Cathedral of St. John Lateran where he washed the feet of 12 priests http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngIUmGhwwqs.

On Good Friday, the day of Christ’s brutal crucufixion in AD33, choirs sing St. John’s version of Christ’s crucifixion. Peter Paul Rubens’ “Ecce Homo” (Behold the Man) portrays Christ with his “Crown of Thorns” before his Crucifixion. After his crucifixion, he was covered with a shroud http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dVQnkKlphY&feature=relmfu.

On this day in Catholic churches around the world, Christians glorify the cross in their individual parishes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubkiKyjo9WU. The cross is venerated as a symbol of our faith by kneeling in front of the cross and kissing it. In this way, we honor the Lord’s Cross as an instrument of our salvation. The cross was the means of Jesus Christ’s execution and as a sign of victory over sin and death. The church does not celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist on Good Friday, rather the Church commemorates the Lord’s Passion.

In Rome on Good Friday, a solemn “Via Crucis Procession” (The Way of the Cross) involves an evening torch-lit procession that follows the Pope as he traces the Stations of the Cross from the Colosseum to Palatine Hill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2qwjLTFcwQ. The church in Rome adopted the practice of “Adoration of the Cross” from the Church in Jerusalem where a fragment of wood believed to be the Lord’s cross has been venerated every year on Good Friday since the fouth century http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8eDPyXYv50.

St. Helen, the mother of emperor Constantine, discovered this fragment of wood on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 326. Pope Alexander VII had the top of the obelisk in St. Peter’s Square adorned with his insignia. There is a relic of Christ’s “True Cross” encased in this emblem of Pope Alexander that crowns the Obelisk.

Jesus had 12 disciples. They were pupils or followers of Christ. The Passion of Christ was initiated when the Temple Guards, guided by Judas Iscario, captured Jesus. Judas was a Disciple of Jesus who betrayed him by telling the guards that whomever he kisses, they should arrest. Judas was paid in silver for his betrayal which is portrayed  in “The Kiss of Judas.” The trial and painful crucifixion of Jesus ensued. Judas ended up returning the silver and committing suicide.

On the Joseph Maria Subirachs “Magic Square” on the facade of Gaudi’s Sagada Familia in Barcelona (Quadrato magico di Sagrada Familia) next to “The Kiss of Judas” in the picture below, notice that all colums, diagonals and rows add up to 33, the year of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Judas Betrayed Jesus Christ before his Crucifixion

Judas Kiss and the Magic Square of 33

Pictured above is Caravaggio’s famous portrayal of “The Kiss of Judas.”

On Holy Saturday, Jesus’  lifeless body was cradled in the arms of  Mary, as portrayed in Michelangelo’s “Pieta.”  He was then laid to rest in the borrowed grave of a friend. Churches around the world conduct an Easter Vigil where we celebrate Jesus Christ; our light who drives away the darkness of our lives http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3d9LTi_U2w&feature=relmfu. At the beginning of the Easter Vigil, the church is darkened and gradually springs to life with the Ressurection of the Lord as faithful parishoners light candles inside the church. The Easter Vigil service includes the Service of Light, the Blessing of the Fire and the Preparation of the Paschal Candle and Procession.

The gloomy darkness of Good Friday is followed by the joyful celebration of trumpets at Easter which “dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy, casts out hatred, brings us peace and humbles earthly pride” (Paschal Praeconium, the Exsultet). Easter Sunday celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. His Ascension into Heaven is the 40th day after Easter. On Easter Sunday, Pope Benedict delivers his blessing “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and to the world) in St. Peter’s Square http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5axrSsEU_U0&feature=related.

In the picture below, Jesus Christ is ascending into Heaven above the altar of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain. The term apostle came into use after the Ascension of Jesus Christ when the disciples (followers) who had witnessed his resurrection, became apostles (ambassadors of the Gospel: evangelists and teachers). The true apostolic age ended when the last apostle died in about 100AD.

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain

The Pope delivers several messages to faithful pilgrims between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBwIefKXY0s.

Here was the 2011 Easter Message in Italian http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0mEEVTPU2I

Happy Easter and have a wonderful Vino con Vista celebration with your family and friends!

 

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The Easter Story: Paschal Triduum of Death, Burial and Resurrection

Mosaic (Jesus) from Hagia Sophia

Mosaic (Jesus) from Hagia Sophia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Português: Mosaico do Portão Imperial em Hagia...

Português: Mosaico do Portão Imperial em Hagia Sophia. Ajoelhado à direita do Cristo Pantocrator está o imperador bizantino Leão VI. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A 14th-century of Jesus Christ bearin...

English: A 14th-century of Jesus Christ bearing the cross, from the monastery in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beginning of 11th century

Beginning of 11th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bishop John washes the feet of Eleanor, who wa...

Bishop John washes the feet of Eleanor, who walks to St. Giles, Wrexham, in bare feet, on Maundy Thursday 2007. Photograph by Brian Roberts, Wrexham (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Christ washing the feet of the Apostl...

English: Christ washing the feet of the Apostles. Icon of Pskov school. Русский: Омовение ног (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christ icon in Taizé

Christ icon in Taizé (Photo credit: lgambett)

Français : Christ en Croix d'Agnolo Allori, di...

Français : Christ en Croix d’Agnolo Allori, dit Bronzino, vers 1545, huile sur panneau, 145 x 115 cm, Musée des beaux-arts de Nice, France. Italiano: Cristo in croce di Agnolo Allori, detto Bronzino, circa 1545, olio su legno, 145 x 115 cm, Museo di belle-arti di Nizza, Francia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Jesus Christ - detail from Deesis mos...

English: Jesus Christ – detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The three days before Easter are called the Paschal Triduum of Death, Burial and Resurrection of the Lord http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcNFTNu1I4M.

This is a three day liturgical celebration. The liturgy held on the evening of Maundy Thursday initiates the Easter Triduum. This period includes Good Friday, Holy Saturday and ends Easter.

The Easter Vigil is the high point of the Triduum: “The night Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave.”  The church empties the Holy Water from the fonts on the days of the Sacred Paschal Triduum in preparation of the blessing of the water at the Easter Vigil. The Passion is read three times during Holy Week: Passion Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The words of Jesus are always read by a priest.

The Holy Seapulchre Church, Jerusalem. Catholi...

The Holy Seapulchre Church, Jerusalem. Catholic Holy Mass on Maundy Thursday / Crkva Svetoga groba u Jeruzalemu. Katolička sveta misa na Veliki četvrtak. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Icon of Jesus Christ

English: Icon of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), the Pope performs a rare morning mass. “The Mass of the Chrism” is held in St. Peter’s Square when the oils are blessed and the Chrism is consecrated.  Chrism is a combination of balsam and oil and is used for annointing for occasions like confirmation and ordinations.

In the evening after sun-down, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and the Last Supper of Jesus with the Apostles. This event includes a reading of Matthew’s account of the “Passion of Christ“; the narration of Jesus’ capture, suffering and death. It includes the representation of Jesus Christ washing the feet of his Disciples which was carried out by Pope Benedict at the Cathedral of St. John Lateran where he washed the feet of 12 priests http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngIUmGhwwqs.

Deposition of Christ, 1507, drawing from Roman...

Deposition of Christ, 1507, drawing from Roman sarcophagi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Good Friday, the day of Christ’s brutal crucufixion in AD 33, choirs sing St. John’s version of Christ’s crucifixion. Peter Paul Rubens’ “Ecce Homo” (Behold the Man) portrays Christ with his “Crown of Thorns” before his Crucifixion. After his crucifixion, he was covered with a shroud http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dVQnkKlphY&feature=relmfu.

English: Mosaic in baptistery of San Marco - &...

English: Mosaic in baptistery of San Marco – “Crucifixion of Jesus Christ” Русский: Мозаика баптистерия базилики Сан Марко – “Распятие Христово” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On this day in Catholic churches around the world, Christians glorify the cross in their individual parishes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubkiKyjo9WU. The cross is venerated as a symbol of our faith by kneeling in front of the cross and kissing it. In this way, we honor the Lord’s Cross as an instrument of our salvation. The cross was the means of Jesus Christ’s execution and as a sign of victory over sin and death. The church does not celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist on Good Friday, rather the Church commemorates the Lord’s Passion.

Jesus helped by Simon of Cyrene, part of a ser...

Jesus helped by Simon of Cyrene, part of a series depicting the stations of the Cross. Chapel Nosso Senhor dos Passos, Santa Casa de Misericórdia of Porto Alegre, Brazil. Oil on canvas, XIXth century, unknown author. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Rome on Good Friday, a solemn “Via Crucis Procession” (The Way of the Cross) involves an evening torch-lit procession that follows the Pope as he traces the Stations of the Cross from the Colosseum to Palatine Hill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2qwjLTFcwQ. The church in Rome adopted the practice of “Adoration of the Cross” from the Church in Jerusalem where a fragment of wood believed to be the Lord’s cross has been venerated every year on Good Friday since the fouth century http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8eDPyXYv50.

St. Helen, the mother of emperor Constantine, discovered this fragment of wood on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 326. Pope Alexander VII had the top of the obelisk in St. Peter’s Square adorned with his insignia. There is a relic of Christ’s “True Cross” encased in this emblem of Pope Alexander that crowns the Obelisk.

Jesus had 12 disciples. They were pupils or followers of Christ. The Passion of Christ was initiated when the Temple Guards, guided by Judas Iscario, captured Jesus. Judas was a Disciple of Jesus who betrayed him by telling the guards that whomever he kisses, they should arrest. Judas was paid in silver for his betrayal which is portrayed  in “The Kiss of Judas.” The trial and painful crucifixion of Jesus ensued. Judas ended up returning the silver and committing suicide.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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