Photo: Gianluca Muscas
- 18.00, Via Vittorio Emanuele II: Band event, reception and procession of the flags of the churches of Gallura, confraternities, band, knights, folk group, religious and civil authorities and organizing committee;
- 18.30, Basilica N.S. of Locusantu: Solemn concelebration in the first Vespers of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, presided over by His Excellency Reverend Most Rev. Sebastiano Sanguinetti, inside which the Holy Door will be opened, the new pastor Don Efisio Coni; the celebration will be animated by the parish choir "Our Lady of Locusantu";
- 7.45 pm, Piazza della Basilica, Via Garibaldi and Piazza San Quirico: “Rite of Fire”, penitential procession and offering of votive candles to the Madonna;
Vèsparu: Fésta di li bandéri, opening of the Holy Door, Holy Mass celebrated by the bishop and Rite of Fire.
During the evening of the vigil, the most important religious rites of the Fèsta Manna of Gaddura begin: the gathering and procession of flags of the religious communities of Luogosanto and Gallura, the opening of the Holy Door, the celebration of the Holy Mass presided over by the bishop and sung by the parish choir and finally the penitential procession at dusk.
Lu 'èsparu, the Vespers or the Eve of the Fèsta Manna of Gaddura, begins with the Fèsta di li bandéri, ie the gathering and reception of religious flags of the 22 rural churches of Luogosanto and the churches of Gallura brought by the ecclesiastical or lay representatives of the respective religious communities, accompanied by the brotherhoods of Gallura, by the folk group "Civitas Mariana" of Luogosanto, by the musical band of Aggius, the civil authorities, the committees of the feast and the people.
The procession will start at 6.00 pm from the statue of San Pio da Pietrelcina (northern entrance of Luogosanto) along Via Vittorio Emanuele II until it reaches Piazza della Basilica; here, around 18.30, there will be the solemn concelebration in the first Vespers of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary presided by the bishop Mons. Sebastiano Sanguinetti, who will proceed to the reopening of the Holy Door (after the canonical seven years of closure) and to the proclamation of the new parish priest Don Efisio Coni; the celebration will be animated by the parish choir "Our Lady of Locusantu".
At the end of the concelebration, around 7.45 pm, the "Rite of Fire" takes place, a penitential procession with the participation of numerous Gallura faithful and the brotherhoods of Gallura who bring votive candles from Piazza della Basilica to the Piazza di San Quirico along Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Garibaldi; here, after the blessing and lighting of the candles, the procession will return to the Basilica in prayer, to offer the candles to the Madonna of Luogosanto.
The rituals of the vigil are traditional religious and popular events celebrated by the Nativity Parish of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the collaboration of the Municipal Tourist Office and the "Festa Manna Fidali 1975" Committee, and the financing of the Municipality of Luogosanto and of the Department of Tourism of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia. For further information: [email protected], Facebook: @LuogosantoTouristOffice, +39.079.60.18.959
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