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Easter in Italy Pasqua in Italia EASTER IN ITALY PASQUA IN ITALIA Slide 2 Pasqua, Pesach, Pascha Pascha comes from ancient greek: Pascho =to suffer But also from Aramaic: Pesach =Passage Latin: pascha Italian: Pasqua Monastery of Novalesa in springtime Turin Alps 800 d.C. Slide 3 The Holy Week La Settimana Santa In Italy we celebrate the Holy Week, the last week of Lent, between the Palms Sunday and Easter Eve. Easter is a moveable feast and the Easter Sunday is the first Sunday following full moon on or after the spring equinox. Slide 4 Palm Sunday Domenica delle Palme Its the last Sunday before Easter. It commemorates Jesustriumphal entry in Jerusalem. In Italy we celebrate it with processions of worshipers carrying blessed palms or olive branches. These are then placed at the entrance of houses or above beds until the following years Palm Sunday Slide 5 The Holy Thursday Gioved Santo Missa in cena Domini The Mass of the Lords Supper is celebrated on the evening and commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples. It inaugurates the Easter Triduum, 3 days which recall the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Christ. Colour: white During the Mass, the priest washes the feet of 12 people, as many as the apostles Perugino The Last Supper, Convento S.Onofrio Foligno 1494 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2KtQZqGdCY Slide 6 Leonardo Last Supper Chiesa si Santa Maria delle Grazie Milan 1494 Slide 7 Good Friday Venerd Santo On Holy Friday, Catholics recall the passion and crucifixion of Jesus. Every Italian town organises its own holy representation of the Via Crucis, with the stations of the Cross. During the Mass, people venerates the Crucifix by kissing the feet. Colour: red, as the blood of Je sus TORINO 2013 Slide 8 Via Crucis in Sordevolo (Biella) http://www.passionedicristo.org/en/gallery/passione-sordevolo Slide 9 Giotto, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua 1305 Mantegna, 1457 Louvre, Paris Lotto, Monte San Giusto 1531 Reni, S.Lorenzo in Lucina, Rome 1669 Tiepolo, Chiesa San Martino, Burano (VE)1727 THE PASSION IN ITALIAN ART Slide 10 Easter Eve and Easter Sunday Veglia pasquale The resurrection of Jesus is celebrated with a Vigil service after nightfall: the most touching moment is the ceremony of Fire, when the Church is completely dark and, then, enlightened by the candles of the worshipers. Colour: white and gold Slide 11 Easter Monday Pasquetta Its also called Luned dellAngelo (Angels Monday), when the Angel appeared to the women near the grave of Jesus. We celebrate it with family and friends going outside the town for pic-nics and short trips Slide 12 L Agnello The Easter Lamb Raffaello Sacra Famiglia dellAgnello 1507 Slide 13 La Colomba The Easter Dove Piero della Francesca Battesimo di Cristo 1440 ca Mosaico Ravenna Slide 14 LUovo The Easter Egg Piero della Francesca, Pala Montefeltro, Milano, 1472 Wooden Madonna, Collegiata of Alatri, XII century Slide 15 Weso ich Swiat Wielkanocnych SSTA NA CScA HAPPY EASTER Gledilega Paska Buona Pasqua