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Palm Sunday (was a donkey in Benidorm)

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interesting pics Clem, thanks

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It was Palm Sunday and there was a morning procession of a boy on a donkey through the town: This was the picture (P05) which started this story. Perhaps I should have posed this one (P10) instead, but then there would be nothing to complain about, except the impossibility of getting inside the church (P15). There would be another parade, the parade of the penitents that evening. I wandered to the beach, I looked right (P20), I looked left (P25), admittedly it was unusually overcast, but the beach was deserted.
I’m not a photographer and these night shots are not the best, so please excuse the lack of quality.
I returned to the parade route. Some of the participants (P30) were waiting for it to begin. Then we heard the band (P35). If you look carefully in that photo you will see the next group (P40) the penitents following a large cross. The band continues on its way (P45), as the cross comes into view (P50). The young girls, who were waiting earlier, fall in behind the cross (P55).
They are followed by the hooded figures (P60). Some are carrying crosses of various sizes, and I assume weight. (P65) They are all hooded so that no one knows who is doing penance carrying a cross. I was told that such secrecy is specified in the bible. (can anyone verify or discount this?). Many of them are barefoot (P70).
Eventually the statue comes into view (P75). It was difficult to photograph it in the darkness (P80). However I was told that during Holy week it would visit the various churches in the area. (P85) I took this photograph in the Buen Pastor (Good Shepherd). Palm Sunday was something, but it pales compared to events on Good Friday ... ... ...

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In 1740, a crewless ship, a “Londro“, arrived at Benidorm containing the statue covered in jewellery. There are three stories as to where it came from:
(1) sent from Heaven
(2) A thousand years earlier when the Muslims were conquering Spain, the statue was taken to sea in the ship which was then deliberately scuttled to prevent the Muslims from capturing it. A storm raised it and tossed it onto the beach.
(3) It was an ordinary ship, having a statue of Our Lady on board was not unusual for the time and the crew died of the plague, they would have gone on deck for relief of their fever, but would have been washed overboard in the storm.
The authorities look the latter view and had the ship burnt. When there were only embers left, the locals were allowed to search for metal. As they sifted through the sand they found that the statue had slipped under the sand and was unharmed along with the decorations. Fourteen-hundred-weight of middle-iron (don’t ask me to explain) was recovered and sold. The statue was installed in the church. On 2 January 1926 Pope Pius XI declared the “Virgen del Sufragio”, patron saint of Benidorm. The valuable jewellery went during the Spanish civil war. Some told me that the statue on parade is a replica. So “a” statue is paraded at various times, including Palm Sunday, which brings us back to that picture.

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Recently in the chat room, I was extolling the virtues of sea-going wheelchairs. Various things were said and there was focus on one word, which prompted me to post a picture of a donkey on Palm Sunday. Now I know you might doubt me and one of you won’t believe me, but until someone mentioned the sign behind the ass, I hadn’t noticed it. So, given that I took a few more photos, I thought you might like to see them to put that photo of the donkey into context. Please bear in mind that my Spanish is very weak, so I might have misunderstood parts of these events, concerning a statue of Our Lady.

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