Vèsparu: Fèsta di li Bandéri. Vespers gathering and procession of religious flags
The Fèsta di li Bandéri marks the beginning of the most heartfelt and spectacular rites of the Fèsta Manna of Gaddura: the faithful of Luogosanto welcome the confraternities and representatives of religious communities of Gallura to be able to reach the Basilica together carrying the religious flags of the communities in procession.
On September 7 the novena ends with the vespers, the eve of the much-awaited Fèsta of Nòstra Signóra di Locusantu. The evening rites begin with the gathering and procession of the religious flags of the 22 country churches of Luogosanto and the churches of Gallura brought by the ecclesiastical or lay representatives of the respective religious communities, accompanied by knights in costume, the brotherhoods, the Group Folk "Civitas Mariana", the band of Aggius, the civil authorities, the party committees and the people. The procession begins at 17.00 at the entrance of the town on Via Vittorio Emanuele II, near the statue of Padre Pio, a place where the villagers go to meet their fellow countrymen from the other Gallura countries to welcome them and take the processional path together ends at the Basilica of NS of Locusantu, from where the penitential procession of the so-called "Rite of Fire" will start.
Vèsparu: Rite of Fire and Solemn Mass of Vespers.
Lu ’èsparu, on the eve of the festival, after the feast of flags continues with the Rite of Fire, a penitential dusk procession, led by the brotherhoods of Gallura. Along Via Garibaldi they bless, light and offer votive candles to the Madonna of Luogosanto. The first solemn Mass follows, sung by the traditional choirs of Aggius.
After the gathering and the procession of religious flags that leads the confraternities and the faithful gathered from all over the Gallura from the entrance of the town to the Marian shrine, the liturgies of the vespers come alive with the Rite of Fire, the penitential procession that sees the participation of numerous faithful and confraternities of Gallura (the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary of Aggius, the Confraternity of Santu 'Ainzu in Monti and the confraternities of the Holy Cross of Bortigiadas, Calangianus and Olbia will be present this year) ). The procession carries the votive candles from the square of the Basilica to the square of the church of San Quirico along Via Garibaldi. Here the candles are blessed and lit. The procession, singing the Litanies of the Saints, then returns to the basilica-sanctuary for the offering of the candles to the Madonna of Luogosanto. The first solemn Mass of the Fèsta Manna follows, presided over by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Sassari Mons. Mario Simula. During the Mass, the traditional choir "Galletto di Gallura" of Aggius performs the polyphonic choral chants "a tàsgia" dedicated to the Madonna. The peculiarity of the tàsgia aggese is the presence of a fifth voice, the acute, called falzittu, which is added to the four classic voices of the traditional Sardinian choirs: lu gròssu (or bassu), la còntra, la bózi and lu tippi.
The penitential procession and the solemn Mass of Vespers are traditional religious and popular celebrations curated by the Nativity Parish of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the contribution of the Municipality of Luogosanto and the collaboration of the Municipal Tourist Office and the Committee Fidali 1974. For further information: [email protected], Facebook: @LuogosantoTouristOffice, +39.079.60.18.959.
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