The Good Friday procession

The Good Friday procession was one of the most important religious events in the context of the Holy Week, with the participation of a large number of brothers. We ignore the followed route (probably the same as the Holy Steps procession). As for its structure, from a social perspective, we have partial information that enable us to draw a parallel with that of the Holy Steps: the Banner had to be led by a noble brother; the Triumph of the Cross by the chaplain of the Week; the Brotherhood Flag by the provedor of the previous year; the statue of the Lord of the Tomb by the four chaplains of the Misericórdia: the Canopy by two priests and two former provedores or clerks; the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows by four noble brothers; and the lanterns and torches by two noble brothers and two trade brothers.

As cornerstones in the organizational system processional we have the Prophets, the Tomb, the statue of Our Lady and the Canopy, the latter always mentioned.

The Good Friday procession held in 1902 gives us a complete listing of the sort of martyrdoms that were incorporated in the processional scheme: firstly, the rattle, the banner and the flag of the Brotherhood, followed by the hand with the purse, the strings of palm, the sword, the gloved hand, the cock, the disciplines, the robe, the dice, the hammer, the green cane, the sponge, the lance, the pick, the tongs, the nail, the urns, the crown of thorns, the chalice, the JNRJ label and the ladder. The procession also included the three Maries of Zion, the four prophets, Magdalene, St. John, the Angel, Lord of the Coffin, the Canopy and the Statue of Our Lady.