Photo: Gianluca Muscas
Feast of Nòstra Signóra of Locusantu: Prucissiòni of Nòstra Signóra and Missa Manna.
September 8th is the great day, the Feast of Maria Bambina, a heartfelt solemn procession that accompanies the statue of the Madonna with joy and colors, with festive horses, banners, band, riflemen, ox cart, bell ringers, porters, folk groups and all the people in celebration. The procession enters the Basilica and here the solemn Holy Mass is celebrated by the new parish priest and sung by the polyphonic choir.
9.00 am, Piazza della Basilica: the president of the Fidali Committee 1975 delivers the Marian banner to the standard-bearer of the knights in costume, who make three turns (caracóli) around the basilica-sanctuary and walk down Via Vittorio Emanuele II to the entrance of the town, near the statue of San Pio da Pietrelcina.
9.30 am, entrance of the town on Via Vittorio Emanuele II: after the Mayor's greeting, the solemn procession begins: along the Via Vittorio Emanuele II the Gallurese knights in costume climb up with the horses harnessed to party preceded by the knights of the association cultural “Lu 'Juali” of Luogosanto with the exposition of the NS flags of Locusantu Queen of Gallura, San Simplicio Patron of the Gallura and other standards of the Gallura churches; followed by all the folk groups of Gallura preceded by the Folk Group "Civitas Mariana" of Luogosanto, the Musical Band "Michele Columbano" by Calangianus, the Committee "Fidali 1975", the religious, civil and military authorities with their respective gonfalons, the association Pro Loco of Luogosanto and the people.
10.00 am, Piazza della Basilica: when the knights reach the sanctuary, they head towards Via Regina Elena, followed by folk groups, the band and the Committee; the porters hoist the simulacrum of the Virgin Mary on the wooden sedan chair and insert themselves in the procession; after the fusiliers intervened, the procession continued along Via Regina Elena, Via Caprera and Via San Trano, to finally return to the square of the Basilica.
11.00 am, Basilica of Our Lady of Locusantu: at the end of the procession the Missa Manna begins, the solemn Holy Mass presided by the new parish priest of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Don Efisio Coni, concelebrated by the parish priests of the Diocese and sung by the polyphonic choir "Queen of Gallura".
12.00 pm, Piazza della Basilica: the Mayor of Luogosanto Agostino Pirredda delivers to the representatives of the institutions and of the Gallura communities a work of local artistic ceramic craftsmanship with the mark of the festival edition; the artistic director and the staff of the Municipal Tourist Office offer traditional sweets and aromatic herbal tea from Luogosanto to all those present.
The solemn procession and the great mass are traditional religious and popular events celebrated by the Nativity Parish of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the collaboration of the Municipal Tourist Office, the "Festa Manna 2019 Fidali 1975" Committee and the Pro Loco, and the financing of the Municipality of Luogosanto and 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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