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AP photos. Cecilia, Spain, settles in for Easter week

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) – Few Roman Catholics in pious southern Spain could have imagined April without the lavish procession of Holy Saturday processions.

They miss the second year of the coronavirus epidemic.

The streets of Sicily այլ other Spanish cities passed again without the Pal’s wreath, the celebrations of Holy Thursday ագ Holy Friday to celebrate the life, death ությունը resurrection of Christ. COVID-19 infection rates are still too high for groups to gather.

For 50-year-old Roberto Ruiz, the lavish Semana Santa, or Holy Week, marches mark the time in Sicily. Without them, he feels unstable.

“You do not wake up completely unless Palm Sunday is celebrated,” he said. “The year neither begins nor ends. This is like a Groundhog Day trap. Every day is the same as the rest. The go-ahead is the feeling of a lost year.

In Spain, the virus claimed tens of thousands of lives, destroyed hundreds of thousands of jobs, and shook even the most ardent traditions.

Prior to the epidemic, Celia was shocked by the crowds at Easter week, who gathered to watch the Catholic fraternities adorn themselves with Jesus, the Virgin Mary, other forms of passion on their backs, and slowly waving through the streets. The manual load of floating loads contrasts with the beauty of the painted wooden statues. their struggle joins the glory of the other.

This week, the people of Sicily were satisfied with the liturgy in the local parish church. They lined up to enter, had to wear masks, and keep a safe distance.

Francisco Ortiz, pastor of the Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria parish in Seville, hopes the faith can alleviate the physical, emotional and material pain caused by the viral crisis.

“This holiday is bitterly sweet,” said Ortiz. “We are glad that we were able to hold another liturgy together. It is a joy that helps us to live with the sufferings and bitterness that have made the lives of many worse. There are many people in this district who are ever poorer. ”

The lack of thousands of tourists, usually flowing to Sicily, has forced them to adapt to the business of the processions built around the marches.

“The cancellation of Easter week celebrations for our business has become a disaster,” said Inaculado Serrano, who makes embroidered jewelry for outfits worn by members of the fraternity. “We were able to keep the store open thanks to the re-creation of face masks.”

Maria Morilla said she was grateful she had just reached out to another.

“Easter week is not just about marches,” he said. “We Catholics, members of my brothers, are people who know how to wait.”

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Joseph Joseph Wilson contributed to this report from Barcelona.

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