Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Capirote in Holy Week

For 500 years, the Spanish faithful have commemorated the Passion of Our Lord with marvelous public processions, ceremonies, and penance.  The stunning pasos of Our Lord and Our Lady continue to inspire souls to this day.  The following is taken from TFP Student Action's Website:

The video feature Holy Week processions from Spanish Culture:

In these videos is the very interesting use of the Capirote.  The Capirote is extremely foreign to Americans as its use by the anti-Catholic KKK has put the entire usage into a negative light.  The Capirote is simply a pointed hat that is used in Spanish culture during Holy Week. It is part of the uniform of some brotherhoods including the Nazarenos and "Phariseos."

Traditionally, during the celebration of the Holy Week in Mediterranean countries, "Penitentes" (i.e. people doing penance for their sins) would walk through streets with pointed hats. It was a way of self-injury; however, they covered their faces so they wouldn't be recognized.

The entire article on Holy Week in Seville, Spain, is well worth the read here.

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