Tuesday, May 17

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Not long ago, just fifteen days ago, when I remembered some of my experiences about Holy Week in Orihuela. There are many more that crowd my memory, but there is one of them that was for me, perhaps the most important, although lived with the absence of loved ones. I am referring to April 6, 1996, when he led the procession of the Holy Burial of Christ and crossed through the interior of our Cathedral with his head covered. It filled me with satisfaction when one afternoon, on the eve of the fourth Friday of Lent, the news reached me that I was going to be proposed by the Hon. Orihuela City Council as a Covered Knight. I remember the many attentions on the part of the brotherhoods, brotherhoods and mayordomías, congratulations from many Oriolanos, the visit in Alicante of the Festivities Commission accompanied by the Group of Cantores de la Pasión with José Víctor Rodríguez in front, the preparation of the entire intendancy , and even the gift that I was going to give at the reception, which was a small painting with a pen drawing of my son Antonio, in which my house in Orihuela could be seen and on the second-floor balcony, to my parents, and in I ground to “La Diablesa” walking away.

And Holy Saturday arrived, a bit cloudy. I remember that Atanasio Díe Marín, head of Protocol, had summoned me to go to the Rubalcava Palace in the morning to specify some details of the reception. He said verbatim: “This is your house today, do you need anything?” For playing a joke I replied: “I would like you to change the curtains, I don’t like them.” He looked at me steadily, and replied “don’t bother.” Apart from anecdotes, shortly before the reception it began to drizzle, beginning to fall “water, God and mercy.” And with a great downpour began the one with many umbrellas and guests who had gotten wet. After reading the appointment by María Encarna Galiano Escudero, president of the Festivities Commission, I began my words of gratitude. I am not one of those who likes to improvise, but on that occasion, breaking the protocol was one of the moments when I did it, and I remember that I said: «I think it deserves to thank God for this rain so beneficial for these lands. I think it’s a good day to rain in Orihuela ». After concluding these words, the rain miraculously ceased, concluding the reception normally. The parade could be held and the procession held and, when the head of the procession was at the door of the Episcopal Palace, I heard the voice of Emilio Bregante Palazón who was behind me saying: “Move, little boy, we get wet.” The rest of the procession was saved from the water, except for Soledad and the Presidency.

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In those years I was studying History at the University of Alicante and in my spare time outside of work and studying I was compiling notes on Orihuela. On those dates I gathered some data about Holy Week in 1887, in which the weather was lurking, to the point that the Mission Procession of April 3, Palm Sunday in its afternoon, due to the poor state of the streets due to the rain The fall in the morning was suspended, and the preaching was held in the Church of Santiago. The first procession to be held was on Holy Tuesday, under the patronage of Concepción Megías, Rebagliato’s widow. It started as usual from the Church of San Gregorio and it was the first time that it passed through the newly built Levante Bridge. Many of the steps were under the patronage of some families or individuals, such as San Pedro Rerepentido by the heir of Cirila Escoubet y Ferrández, who left unadorned by the death of said lady on Holy Tuesday, and the Ecce-Homo by María Hernández of Muñoz and sisters. A step that was about to fall to the ground in the Hostels, in the Good Friday morning procession.

From the Loreto chapel, the Burial procession left on Good Friday afternoon, with unpleasant weather, with little influx of lights due to lack of wax and led by the Knight-Bearer Francisco Ballesteros Villanueva.

“Tempus fugit.” How time flies !: 1996 and 1987.


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