On Good Friday, Christians commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross, and it is a national holiday in many countries, including Spain. It is traditional to honour Good Friday by observing the Stations of the Cross—the 14 stages Jesus passed through on the day of his crucifixion. Known in Spanish as Via Crucis, the Stations are observed either during mass or during an outdoor procession. Whilst Barcelona’s processions don’t compare to those in other parts of Spain, most famously those in Seville, there are still many processions throughout the day in the city centre, featuring floats, musicians and religious orders:
9.30am: A Via Crucis begins its procession from Santa Maria del Mar Basilica and continues on through Fossar de les Moreres, Passeig del Born, Carrer del Rec, Carrer Rere Palau, Carrer de l’Espaseria and finishing back at Santa Maria del Mar Basilica.
3pm: Outside Santa Maria del Mar Basilica, the priest will read a sermon. At 5pm, the Gospel will be said inside the Cathedral, and at 6.30pm another Via Crucis will begin on Avinguda de la Catedral.
5pm: The Hermandad del Gran Poder y la Esperanza Macarena (The Sisterhood of Great Power and Hope of the Macarena) start their procession at Iglesia de San Agustín, continuing through Plaça Sant Agustí, La Rambla, Santa Ana, Portal del Ángel, Arcs, Plaza Nova, Avenida Catedral, Boters, Pi, Plaza del Pi, Cardenal Casañas, Boqueria, Hospital and finishing back at Plaça Sant Agustí.
7pm: Another Easter procession begins at Iglesia de Sant Jaume, and will join the procession of La Hermandad del Gran Poder y la Esperanza Macarena at 8pm at the Santa Maria del Mar. From there, it continues on to Ferrán, Plaza San Jaume, Bisbe, Avenida de la Catedral, Boters, Portaferrissa, La Rambla and Ferrán, coming full circle to Iglesia de Sant Jaume at 11pm.
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