Saturday of Passion:
The Call of the people (announcement)
The float which indicates the beginning of the Holy Week, in whose route the whole town of Crevillent is called to the participation by means of the sound of the horns.
Palms blessings and Jesus entrance in Jerusalem
Once the Palms are blessed, the commemorative procession of the Entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem begins, which, as it has a liturgical character, each year modifies its route, alternating the departure from each of the parishes of the town to end at the temple of Our Lady of Bethlehem, leaving the float exposed in the “Plaza de la Constitución”.
Tuesday Holy Week:
It is the most austere procession of Crevillent. Street lights off, smell of incense and absolute silence prevail throughout the procession while the penitents participate with Cistercian habits in the old town. Finally, a prayer is said in memory of all the deceased.
Wednesday Holy Week:
Procession of the Passion of Christ
The procession starts inside the church of Our Lady of Bethlehem and involves sixteen icons that represent in a theatrical way the most characteristic biblical passages of the Passion of the Christ. This procession can be considered as the most legitimate of Crevillent since on the one hand, the majority of the steps that take part are those that gave reason to be to the Holy Week of Crevillent, and on the other hand, the route that takes place by the North zone of the village.
Penitential stations of the cross
The people of Crevillent participate massively in the Liturgical Offices of the Last Supper of the Lord and later accompany the Christ of Forgiveness and the Good Death in his walk to the Calvary praying the fourteen stations of the Stations of the Cross.
Good Friday (Early Hours):
Ceremony that became known at the beginning of the Holy Week in Crevillent in which a large number of people are concentrated in the place called “La Morquera” where the Saint Woman Veronica walks towards Jesus and wipes his face that is recorded on the canvas carried by the woman (pictorial work of the watercolorist Julio Quesada). Moments later, St. John the Evangelist warns the Master, Jesus of Nazareth, of the presence of His Mother, the Our Lady of Sorrows, who approaches until she meets the Son who demonstrates His blessing by moving His right arm.
Good Friday (Early Hours):
Procession to the Calvary
The dawn of Good Friday, the big day of our major week, Crevillent wakes up with the sounds of the “Dianas” that the different musical groups interpret in the streets of the city to call the great day of the Holy Week. In the “Plaza de la Constitución”, the sixteen icons that participated in the Wednesday night procession of The Passion are concentrated to begin the ascent to Calvary.
Procession of the Descent of the Calvary
Once the sixteen icons are placed along the Calvary promenade, a second Encounter between Jesus of Nazareth and Our Lady of Sorrows takes place. The brotherhoods take a break to invite their members and people in general to the traditional “Almuerzo de Viernes Santo de Crevillent”. Around 11:00 a.m., the procession of the Descent from Calvary begins, in which the colorful procession of the tunics stands out, along with the music of the bugles and drums and bands that make this procession one of the most genuine of the Spanish East.
Christ’s Death Procession
It is also known as the “Procesión de los Coros” due to the participation of the different choirs of the population accompanying with short compositions the procession of the different icons that participate. The incredible sculptures of Mariano Benlliure, together with those of other Valencian sculptors, make this procession one of the most beautiful that predominate in the Holy Week of Crevillent, since the spectator observes chronologically the sequences of the death of Christ while they are accompanied by different polyphonies.
Procession of the Holy Burial of Christ
Finishing touch of the Holy Week that begins with The Call, followed by the banners of all the brotherhoods that accompany the Holy Burial of Christ whose procession closes with the presidency of all the brotherhoods of Crevillent.
As we well know, the sepulchre is not the end. Easter Sunday communicates the good news that Christ has risen, symbolized by doves in flight, the ringing of bells and, it could not be otherwise represented by the people of Crevillent, singing the Hallelujah of Haendel while Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the Queen of Peace meet.