Wednesday 21st April 2021 – ALVARO MONFORT with MIKE SMITH
Xàbia is slowly trying to regain a sense of normality. This week, the Brotherhood of Jesús Nazareno and the town council has published a simple but symbolic programme of events to honour the treasured image, a schedule similar to that developed for the celebrations which celebrated the Virgin de Loreto in the port last September.
The celebrations which honour Jesús Nazareno would normally be kicking off this coming weekend, a programme that would feature bull-running, concerts, dancing, the official flower crosses, the return of the image to the blue-domed chapel of Calvario, concluding with a spectacular firework display.
However, like last year, the ongoing pandemic has forced the Brotherhood to amend its plans. At least this year, there will be something for the devoted, a simple programme that combines the religious aspect of the fiesta with some traditional acts such as the flower offering, all within the required health protocol regime to halt the spread of the virus.
But also this year, the Brotherhood wants to recreate the beautiful and spontaneous demonstration of devotion shown by many residents during last year’s confinement and encourage once again the display of crosses on balconies and terraces as well as in gardens and homes, for this is a tradition that is heavily ingrained in the history of Xàbia.
As always, all scheduled events will be held with the required health protocols in place; face masks must be worn and hand disinfectant used when entering the church. The flower offering will be staggered to reduce the risk of crowding and social distancing must be maintained to prevent the risk of infection.
Wednesday 21st April
17:00-20:30 } Blood Donation at the Health Centre
Saturday 24th April
09:00 } Volunteers from Cáritas and Cruz Roja Española will be collecting food donations from the various supermarkets in Xàbia.
Friday 30th April
11:00 } Delivery of gifts to the Centro de Día Santa María de Betania for distribution among the elderly.
19:30 } Triduum to Jesus of Nazareth in remembrance of all those who have passed due to COVID-19.
Saturday 1st May – The May Day Crosses
The Brotherhood of Jesús Nazareno invites all residents of Xàbia to mount traditional crosses in their homes. The Council will install two crosses on the facade of the town hall and in Calle Jesús Nazareno.
19:30 } Triduum to Jesús Nazareno in remembrance of the deceased brothers.
Sunday 2nd May
11:00 } Delivery of gifts to the Fundación Residencia-Asilo Hermanos Cholbi for distribution among the elderly.
12:00 } General ringing of the the church bells.
16:00-18:30 } Offering of flowers to Jesús Nazareno. The church will remain open so that interested people can come to make their offering in a staggered way and avoiding crowds.
19:30 } Triduum to Jesús Nazareno in remembrance of Reverend Juan Esteve Domingo, Rev. José Soler Mulet and Rev. D. Joaquín Sendra Benavent.
Monday 3rd May
07:30 } General ringing of the church bells.
10:00 } Mass
12:00 } Solemn Eucharist celebrated in honour of Jesús Nazareno.
19:00 } Evening Mass
Tuesday 4th May
19:30 } Mass in remembrance of the deceased brothers to which all the faithful are invited.