Have you ever heard of Seville’s Holy Week and its magnificent processions? It is held between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday to commemorate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.

Every year, this city prepares to live one of the most intense and important moments as Seville’s Holy Week is attended by thousands of people, devout or not.

Many terms are used when talking about processions. Here we want to share with you the most common ones:

Terms about processions

  • Acolyte, the one who stands in front of the procession carrying a cirial or incense, which rises when the step goes and falls when it stops.
  • Band, accompanies the steps with music and stands behind them.
  • Supervisor, responsible for the crew that directs the bearers.
  • Capirote, cone-shaped cap, covered with a cloth that penitents use in processions.
  • Brotherhood, association of faithful or devotees who exercise in works of piety.
  • Costalero, the one who takes the steps. Formerly they were professionals and charged for it. Nowadays, most are from the brotherhood itself. Those who occupy the side positions in the workers are called “coastal”, those that are placed in the center are known as the “currents”, and those located between both “fixers”.
  • Station, episode of the Passion of Christ. There are 14 and form the Via Crucis.
  • Badge, banner, flag or medal that we can see when a brotherhood passes. Some of the most significant are the guide cross, the step flags, the horns and the senatus.
  • Nazarene, penitent dressed in robes, usually purple, that accompanies the steps in the processions. There are Nazarenes of candle, badge and cross.
  • Step, effigy or group that represents an event of the Passion of Christ, and is taken out in procession.
  • Pertiguero, the one who sends the acolytes. It is placed in front of the passage carrying a silver pole.
  • Prioste, butler of a brotherhood or brotherhood.
  • Worker, crossbar parallel to the ground located at the bottom of the steps that supports those who carry it.
  • Saeta, a song that a person dedicates to the images of the processions. 

If you want to know more about Seville Holy Week, click here.

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