Sacred Music concerts in Adeje

 

Lent is a time of reflection in the lead up to Easter Week, and here in Adeje the main events take place from Good Friday up to Easter Sunday, on April 16th. For the first time this year the council, through the municipal school of music and the municipal band, is also offering a cycle of sacred music concerts.

The Adeje departments of heritage and presidency – presided over by councillors Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, the latter also having responsibility for the EMMA (the official name of the School of Music and Movement) – are organising the concerts which will take place in the Santa Úrsula church in the town centre and the San José church in Los Olivos.

The concerts will be free to the public and the first two performances will also feature members of the EMMA chamber music orchestra, and will be on Saturday March 18th at 8.30pm in the San José church, and on Friday March 24th at 7pm in the Santa Úrsula church. The third concert, on Saturday March 25th at 12.30pm in the Santa Úrsula church will feature the EMMA junior choir, and at 7pm that day, in the same church, there will be a performance of the Regina Coeli for soprano.

The last concert in the cycle takes place on April 1st at 7pm in the Convento de San Francisco with the Adeje Patron Municipal bank and will be followed by the inauguration of an exhibition and the presentation of the Easter Week poster and other related programmes.


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10,000 in Adeje for La Pasión

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The event was broadcast live nationally on TV España
According to organisers about 10,000 people attended the XIX edition of the live representation of La Pasión yesterday, April 3rd on the Calle Grande in Adeje. The event was also broadcast live in the Canaries TV España, and viewers could also follow the event via online streaming, or listen on Radio Sur Adeje 107.9fm or Radio Nacional España.

Over 300 people took part in the event, the majority of them residents of Adeje, who played the parts of the many who followed Jesus of Nazareth during the last days of his life. The staging of La Pasión was overseen, as always, by the Adeje department of culture, under councillor for culture Nayra Medina Bethencourt and Laura Marrero, the department’s artistic director.

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Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, also took part in the event and afterwards took time to congratulate the 300+ cast and crew. “Without you this would not happen, there would be no Passion Play in Adeje”, he told them. He continued, “we are not just showing the world another side of Adeje the tourist destination, we are showing a people who love and treasure their traditions, and a people who are capable of taking on any project, no matter how ambitious, and seeing it through sucessfully when we all put our minds to it.

“Every year The Passion generates new feelings and emotions for us, we see things with fresh eyes, deep sentiments are reawoken, that are much more than our religious beliefs or thoughts”.
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This theatrical work began at 12 noon with the entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The town was recreated on the Calle Grande with a market typical of the era, with food, animals – goats, horses, falcons, snakes, doves…. The crowd also joined in the chorus of Hosanna at the entrance of Jesus, played by José Antonio López, who has played the part for a number of years.

Following the entrance the focus shifted to The Last Supper in the plaza Cruz del Llano, followed by a meeting of Jesus with Mary Magdalene, played by Ainhoa Aguilar, a student in the municipal School of Music and Dance (EMMA) and a recent contestant on Spain’s version of The Voice. The music served to build the emotion of the scenes, and was composed for the representation by the school of music, under the direction of Juan Carlos Coronado.

The scene in the Garden of Gethsemane saw Jerusalem asleep and the kiss from Judas, who subsequently takes his own life wracked with guilt, betraying Our Lord. La Pasión then took the action to Pontius Pilate and Claudia (played by Raúl de Castro Soriano, a student in the Adeje Municipal Theatre School, Teatro UPA and María Herrera Bethencourt, a student at the EMMA), and to the palace of Herod and Herodias (played by professional actor Nacho Almenar Vera and Adeje Theatre and UPA student Nuria Mariscal). On Jesus’ return to Pontius Pilate the audience also had a chance to see the meeting between Jesus and St John (Agoney Hernández, EMMA) and the song expressing the suffering of Christ and the unconditional love of the apostle for his Lord.

Tears among participants and spectators were in evidence as Jesus was whipped and beaten and began the walk to Calvary, with the slope of the Calle Grande in Adeje towards the Plaza España lending to the realistic imagery presented.

Wearing his crown of thorns, the audience saw a bloodied Jesus Christ, in pain, falling and suffering on his way to be crucified. His mother, the Virgin Mary, played by Ana Oneida Borges, Adeje resident, accompanied him and offered words of comfort. On his way he, as was written, meets Verónica who cleans his face with a cloth.

Jesus continued on his cross-bearing way, visibly weakening, falling three times in all, until he arrives to the Plaza. The solemnity of the crucifixion was observed by the thousands present, with Jesus crying out “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” as the nails were driven into his hands. And finally, “into your hands I commend my spirit”, and with his death the Virgin Mary gave a heartfelt emotive speech on the passing of her only son.

Once the representation was over the procession took place with the Fallen Christ brought to the Church of Santa Ursula Martír. This statue is from the 20th century, and was acquired by the Hermandad del Santisimo.

Changes
As well as the change in the direction of the overall staging, towards the Plaza España, a number of other changes this year were improvements in the stages for Herod and Pilate, with new costumes and additional props in the Jerusalem market, creating a more realistic atmosphere.

Dances from both students from EMMA as well as those from Beanky Ballet also added to the colour of the event. The participation of the EMMA musical department has also been vital, with original songs and compositions incorporating some traditional Canarian musical themes and instruments – the timple, cháracas, the drum, airs and dances add to creating the atmosphere of the era.

During the busy event there were no incidents reported to the special security detail in place for the duration of La Pasión. Organisers expressed their delight at the success of this year’s representation and congratulated all those who took part not forgetting those who work tireless backstage as well, on an event that has achieved a huge cultural standing in Adeje, inviting them all to return to take part in 2015.

Many who were present in the audience will have already uploaded photographs and videos online at #pasiondeadeje2015.

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Main Cast: Jesús (José Antonio López Delgado), Simon Peter (Gonzalo Delgado Ferrera),
Judas Iscariot (Balta Isla), Caifás (Francisco Javier Rodríguez del Toro), Anás (Juan Esteban Bravo), Nicodemo (Santi Cano), Centurian (Laudi), Pontias Pilate (Raúl De Castro Soriano), Claudia (María Herrera Bethencourt), Mary (Ana Oneida), Mary Magdelene (Ainhoa Aguilar), María de Cleofás (Milagros), John (Agoney Hernández), Santiago (Francis Méndez Trujillo), Thomas (Pepe Aquino Suárez), Andrew (Manuel Pérez Ramos), Mathew (Epifanio Díaz), Simon (David Pérez), Judas Tadeo (Jesús Manuel Álvarez Marichal), Philip (Florencio Javier), Santiago el de Alfeo (Sergio Vargas), Bartolomé (Pepe Esquivel), Herod (Nacho Almenar), Herodias (Nuria Mariscal Cervós) and the devil (Víctor Herrera).

The greatest story every told: The Passion of Jesus Christ

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Channel 2, Television Española will broadcast Adeje’s La Pasión live Friday April 3rd

 

This Good Friday, April 3rd, Adeje council, through the department of Culture, with councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt at the helm, present the greatest story ever told – the Passion of Jesus Christ – staging the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth.  The event will be broadcast live on Channel 2, TVE (Television España), on the local radio station, Radio Sur Adeje, 107.98fm, Radio Nacional España and and live streaming via www.adeje.es/pasion.

 

Councillor Medina Bethencourt commented, “more than 300 people will be taking part as amateur actors in the staging of the story, the vast majority of them people from different parts of the borough who sign up year after year to take part in what is an important element of our local culture”.

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For the third year running the scene of the crucifixion will be in the Plaza España.  The councillor noted that “with the change of location and stages, which we did for the first time two years ago we achieved the desired affect, which was to create a panoramic setting  for the final setting which we get with the Plaza, the church, the Convento and the Barranco del Infierno as a backdrop”.  There is also more room for the public to watch the final scene of La Pasión with the change to the Plaza.

 

The councillor remarked that La Pasión is a major event for Adeje, “the people of the borough feel very much that this is their event, and return to participate year after year.  This year we have more than 300 people taking part in this important international event, something very different, very unique.

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“As well as the participation of local residents there are other groups and individuals from other parts of the island who will be here, from the north, from the island capital, or the many who come from other towns and villages to play their part”.

 

Regarding the live broadcast of the event, Medina Bethencourt said that it was “an amazing showcase to the world, an excellent promotional tool and gives added value to the destination, a classic ‘sun and beach’ one, but a place that, with events of this quality, stands out in the tourism market place and offers the tourist something different, something more..”

 

Changes in 2015

 

The most notable changes this year are in the Herod and Pontius Pilate staging areas, costumes, and some upgrades to the Jerusalem marketplace, recreating the ambiance of the era.  The participation of the Municipal School of Music and Dance as Herod’s dancers is noteworthy and new too will be the dance performed by the Beanky Ballet on the stage where the Last Supper will take place. The script has also been changed and is more intense.  All of the music is also written by members of the Municipal School of Music and Dance (EMMA), incorporating some traditional Canarian musical themes and instruments – the timple, cháracas, the drum, airs and dances.

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The whole of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Plaza España, will be a stage dressed to resemble the time of Our Lord, with plants, cloths, sculptures and alters, etc.   And in the staging area with live farm animals the backdrop resembles the Canarian countryside.

 

During and afterwards, for those following the event, they can upload their photographs and videos to #pasionadeje2015, helping give the event greater visibility.   The council also reminds those who are planning to attend the event to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring water, a sun hat and wear adequate sun cream, and make sure children are well protected.  Do follow the instructions of the local police and civil protection units who are there to ensure everyone’s safety and don’t cross the temporary barriers erected to keep the streets clear for the act itself.

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Security during the event will be provided by a group of Adeje local police, members of the civil protection unit and civil protection volunteers and the voluntary Adeje fire brigade.

 

Easter Week 2015

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PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Friday 27th of March. Friday of Sorrows
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje).
18:30. Holy Rosary.
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist followed by the procession of Our Lady of Piety.
Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco – La Hoya)
18:00. Meditation of the Sorrows
18.:30. Celebration of the Eucharist followed by the procession of Our Lady of the Sorrows.
Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
21:00. Celebration of the Eucharist followed by the procession of Our Lady of the Sorrows.
SATURDAY 28th of March. PALM SATURDAY
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
18:00. Celebration of the Eucharist.
19:00. Concert of sacred music, Convent of San Francisco, Adeje
21:00 Stations of the Cross with Christ of the Good Death, from the town cemetery to the Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir.
Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
19:00-21:00 Confession

SUNDAY 29th of March. PALM SUNDAY
Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
10:00. Procession of Palms and the Eucharist.
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
11:00. Procession of Palms from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Parish church. On arrival celebration of the Eucharist.
Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco – La Hoya)
11:00. Procession of Palms from the old Hermitage to the Parish church. On arrival celebration of the Eucharist.

Church of Jesucristo Redentor (Callao Salvaje)
12 midday. Celebration of the Eucharist

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
12:30. Procession of Palms and the Eucharist.

Church of San Sebastián (La Caleta)
18:00.Celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
19:00. Blessing of the Palms and the Eucharist followed by the Procession of Jesus to pray at the Mount of Olives.

MONDAY 30th of March. Holy Monday
Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
08:30 Monday – Thursday, communal morning prayer (Lauds)

Chapel of Ntra. Sra. de la Esperanza (La Viña)
20:00. Celebration of the Eucharist.
21:00. Procession of Jesus Captive and Our Lady of Hope.

TUESDAY 31st of March. Holy Tuesday
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
18:00-19:30. Confession.
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist and the Reception of the Holy Oils.
19:30. Procession of the meeting of Jesus of Nazareth and the Holy Mother.
Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco- la Hoya)
18:00. Stations of the Cross from Tijoco Bajo to La Hoya.
Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
19:00 Celebration of the Eucharist and Reception of the Holy Oils.
20:00–22:00. Confession

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WEDNESDAY 1st of April. HOLY WEDNESDAY
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
18.00–19:00. Confession.
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist.
20:00. Procession of Our Lord of Humility and Patience to the Parish of Los Olivos. On arrival, penitencial procession ending with the return to the Santa Úrsula Mártir Parish church.

Parish of de San José (Los Olivos)
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist
19:30-21:30. Confession

THURSDAY 2nd of APRIL. MAUNDY THURSDAY
Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco- La Hoya)
17:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.
Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
17:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar .
Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
18:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.
Parish of de San José (Los Olivos)
19:30. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
19:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Afterwards the Holy Sacrament will be brought to the Altar where it remains and the public may come and adore and pray. Followed by the main Procession.
23:00. Holy hour in front of the Altar.
Calle Grande, Adeje
21:30 h. General rehearsal of Representation of The Passion (The Good Friday Street Theatre).

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FRIDAY 3rd of APRIL. GOOD FRIDAY
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
06:30. Stations of the Cross with Christ of the Good Death to the cemetery.
12:00. Representation of The Passion in the Calle Grande, Adeje. Broadcast live on 2, TVE, Televisión Española in the Canaries.
19:00. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord. Followed by the Procession of the Holy Burial.
23:00. Silent procession of Our Lady of the Sorrows.
Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco – La Hoya)
16:00.Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.
Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
16:00. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
16:30. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.

Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
18:00. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.

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SATURDAY 4th of APRIL. EASTER SATURDAY -EASTER VIGIL.
Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
23:00. Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of Our Lord.
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
23:00. Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil. Followed by a procession and blessing of the Adeje public with the Holy Sacrament. When complete a fraternal breaking of the bread together in the Parish halls.
SUNDAY 5th of APRIL. EASTER SUNDAY
Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
10:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
11:00. Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Parish of de San José (Los Olivos)
11:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Church of Jesucristo Redentor (Callao Salvaje)
12 midday. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
12:30. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
17:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Church of San Sebastián (La Caleta)
18:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.
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SUNDAY 19th of April (Third Sunday of Easter)
ROGATION OF OUR LADY, VIRGIN OF THE INCARNATION
09:00 h. Blessing of the pilgirms and rogation of Our Lady, Virgin of the Incarnation from the Parish to the San Sebastián Hermitage. Mass on arrival.
Start of the Lustrum Year.

Over 10,000 in Adeje for La Pasión

The event was broadcast live nationally on TV España


According to organisers over 10.000 people attended the XIX edition of the live representation of La Pasión today, April 18th on the Calle Grande in Adeje.  The event was also broadcast live  in the Canaries and nationally on TV España.  Over 300 people took part in the event, the majority of them residents of  Adeje, who played the parts of the many who followed Jesus of Nazareth during the last days of his life.  The staging of La Pasión was overseen, as always, by the Adeje department of culture.
Nayra Medina Bethencourt, councillor for culture, said “Adeje’s La Pasión is a very important part of the borough’s cultural agenda. The people of Adeje experience closely the life and death of Jesus Christ and from the council’s point of view we work to make the event better each year”.
She continued, “For the first time this year La Pasión was broadcast live nationally and we are very pleased at the results.” The councillor said “all of the efforts, the work, meetings, rehearsals, preparations, music, etc. is only possible because of the involvement of the people of the borough and the team here in the council who have been preparing this event for a long time, to ensure that La Pasion is a truly marvellous event.

For the second year in a row the final scene, the crucifixion, took place in the Plaza España, with an amazing natural backdrop showing the borough’s natural riches, among them the Roque del Conde and the Barranco del Infierno.  Other moment of note included changes in the script for Pontius Pilate and Claudia.

This theatrical work began at 12 moon with the entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.  The town was recreated on the Calle Grande with a market typical of the epoch, with food, animals – goats, horses, falcons, snakes, doves…. The crowd also joined in the chorus of Hosanna at the entrance of Jesus, played by José Antonio López, who has played the part for a number of years.

Following the entrance the focus shifted to The Last Supper in the plaza Cruz del Llano, followed by a meeting of Jesus with Mary Magdalene, played by Ainhoa Aguilar, a student in the municipal School of Music and Dance (EMMA) and a recent contestant on Spain’s version of The Voice.  The music served to build the emotion of the scenes, and was composed for the representation by the school of music.

The scene in the Garden of Gethsemane saw Jerusalem asleep and the kiss from Judas, who subsequently takes his own life wracked with guilt, betraying Our Lord.  La Pasión then took the action to the Pontius Pilate and Claudia (played by Raúl de Castro Soriano, a student in the Adeje Municipal Theatre School, Teatro UPA and María Herrera Bethencourt, a student at the EMMA), and to the palace of Herod and Herodias (played by professional actor Nacho Almenar Vera and the Teatro UPA student Esther Mendoza) on stages that have been upgraded for this year’s presentation.
On Jesus’ return to Pontius Pilate the audience also had a chance to see the meeting between Jesus and St John (Agoney Hernández, EMMA) and the  song expressing the suffering of Christ and the unconditional love of the apostle for his Lord.

Tears among participants and spectators were in evidence as Jesus was whipped and beaten and began the walk to Calvary, with the slope of the Calle Grande in Adeje towards the Plaza España lending to the realistic imagery presented.

Wearing his crown of thorns, the audience saw a bloodied Jesus Christ, in pain, falling and suffering on his way to be crucified.  His mother, the Virgin Mary, played by Ana Oneida Borges, Adeje resident, accompanied him and offered words of comfort. On his way he, as was written, meets Verónica who cleans his face with a cloth.

Jesus continued on his cross-bearing way, visibly weakening, falling three times in all, until he arrives to the Plaza.  The solemnity of the crucifixion was observed by the thousands present, with Jesus crying out “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” as the nails were driven into his hands. And finally, “into your hands I commend my spirit”, and with his death the Virgin Mary gave a heartfelt emotive speech on the passing of her only son.

Once the representation was over the procession took place with the Fallen Christ brought to the Church of Santa Ursula Martír.  This statue is from the 20th century, and was acquired by the Hermandad del Santisimo.

Changes
As well as the change in the direction of the overall staging, towards the Plaza España, a number of other changes were included this year, most notably the home of Pontius Pilate and Claudia with an improved stage, new props and fresh dialogue.  The participation of the EMMA has also been vital, with original songs and compositions incorporating some traditional Canarian musical themes and instruments – the timple, cháracas, the drum, airs and dances add to creating the atmosphere of the era.   Dance students from EMMA also joined the cast for the first time as Herod’s dancers, and on this stage there were also a renovations and new costumes.

The addition of new stalls in the busy Jerusalem market place added to the atmosphere, selling fruit, vegetables, ceramics, shoes, seeds, craftwork, incenses and precious stones, fish, dried fruit, cheeses, bread and preserves, and a coral for the animals – all you would expect in a living functioning market of the time.

During the busy event there were no incidents reported to the special security detail in place for the duration of La Pasión.  Organisers expressed their delight at the success of this year’s representation and congratulated all those who took part not forgetting those who work tireless backstage as well, on an event that has achieved a huge cultural standing in Adeje, inviting them all to return to take part in 2015.

 

Adeje’s Religious Heritage

Many of the statues and images that play a central role in the celebrations in Adeje during Easter Week have a history all of their own, with restoration works ongoing, which underlies their importance role in the borough’s heritage, with works from keynote sculptors such as Juan Abascal, Juan Ventura or Luis Álvarez Duarte.

Juan Abascal Fuentes (1922-2003)
Juan Abascal Fuentes was a sculptor and professor in Seville who studied art in his home town but originally abandoned his artistic studies to take up the law, which he practised until 1952, when he returned to the world of art, particularly sculpture. Among his influences was Jose Luis Vassallo Parodi, from Cadiz, from whom he learnt the art of religious imagery. His work is also reflective of the style of Seville baroque masters such as Martínez Montañés, Pedro Roldán and Francisco de Ocampo while also very dramatic. His works can be seen on Adeje’s streets on Palm Sunday, Easter Tuesday and Good Friday, and are La Dolorosa/The Virgin of the Sorrows and Jesus entering Jerusalem on a Donkey.

Juan Ventura (1954-)
Born in Lora del Rio in Seville, Juan Ventura studied art in the Fine Arts academy there. He learnt the art of sculpture from Francisco Buiza Fernández, considered a master of imagery. He has a number of works that are seen during Easter Week events. They are:
Nuestra Señora de la Piedad/Our Lady of Pity who is carried out on Good Friday by the Adeje Senior Citizens club. This is a large statue of Our Lady weeping with the fallen Christ in her arms.
Jesús Nazareno, who is carried through the streets in Easter Tuesday, carrying the cross and greatly revered by the Adeje faithful and also recognised for its artistic qualities.

Luis Álvarez Duarte (1949-)
Sculptor, painter and restorer. Also from Seville, self-taught in modelling from an early age and later on received training from artists such as Rafael Barbero, Francisco Buiza, and others. His principal works are religious statues in wood and among his best known works are the Virgin Patron Saint of the Cachorro Brotherhood (1973), and the Christ of the Brotherhood of Thirst, Seville. In 2006 he was appointed a member of the Seville Fine Arts Hungarian Royal Academy. He has also worked on important restorations such as Our Lord of Might, Seville, who lost an arm due to vandalism in 2010. In Adeje two of his works are taken out during Easter Week and revered as much for their artistic merit as their religious significance. They are:
El Señor Cautivo/The Captured Christ from cedar wood, larger than life and reminiscent of the Seville baroque period, with dramatic expressions in the face and body. This statue will be taken from the Hermitage of La Ezperanza de La Viña on Easter Monday in the care of the National Police.

Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza/Our Lady of Hope
This is a representation of the Virgin Mary of the Sorrows. According to Andalucian tradition the statue’s face is very expressive with glass tear drops, green glass eyes, natural eye-lashes. The statue is also taken out on Easter Monday and on Easter Wednesday accompanied by Our Lord of Humility and Patience from La Postura to the Parish of Santa Úrsula in the town centre and during the procession on Maundy Thursday and carried by the Porteadores de la Virgen.

Cristo de la Misericordia
One of the images that has led the processions during Easter Week since the 18th Century in Adeje is the Cristo de la Misericordia.
The artist is unknown, but the style represents baroque in its purest form. In the past the position of the figure’s arms were adapted for different Easter events, but now the Christ is on the cross, with the face of the statue representing the point of death. The treatment of the skin, the beard, and other aspects of the statue have been noted by experts.
According to Nelson Díaz Frías in his book La Historia de Adeje (The history of Adeje) there is a reference to an alter with a Crucified Christ in an inventory in 1648 and in another written in 1745 a reference to a similar statue.
In the parochial records documents have been found regarding the rules and regulations of the Misericordia Cofradia (brotherhood), founded in March 1661. The documents name the members of the group, the obligations of the group, which included the numbers needed for processions, the election of a steward, the giving of alms, the wearing of a certain tunic, helping those in need, those condemned to death, and recovery of accident victims. While the group doesn’t actually exist today, their representation is continued in the church and has formed part of the Easter Week celebrations in Adeje since the 17th century

Easter Preparations in Adeje

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The programme for Easter Week in Adeje, which starts on Friday of the Sorrows (April 11th), is a busy liturgical one with a host of parallel cultural activities organised by the Council. The processions are a chance for the public to appreciate some of the town’s most sacred images, many of them of an excellent standard artistically, and many restored in the last 15 years under the Council’s Heritage and Conservation Training programme.

“Adeje’s Easter Week is a very important part of the borough’s cultural calendar; many of the people who live here take part in acts and events during the celebrations, above all those participating in the live representation of The Passion. There are also group activities that, year after year, see distinct groups, collectives, taking part in liturgical events, among them the ‘Hermandad del Santísimo’, the ‘Porteadores de la Virgen’, the ‘Mujeres Adejeras con la Virgen’ and the municipal band and groups from the borough’s school of dance and music, alongside neighbourhood associations and other groups”, explained the Adeje councillor for culture Nayra Medina Bethencourt.

The councillor continued, “while the council is respecting the needs of many of our Adeje citizens, we, at the same, know that not everyone celebrates this particular festival and we will work to avoid too many changes or hold ups on public streets, traffic diversions, etc. Further, we will also have a special security detail in place made up of the local police and the civil protection brigade throughout the Easter events.”

The most important events during the celebrations take place on Monday April 14, Thursday April 17th and Friday April 18th. On Monday April 14th one of the processions with a high turnout takes place, with the participation of many official bodies such as the local and national police, the civil guard, the civil protection unit and the voluntary fire brigade. This procession goes from the La Viña hermitage in La Postura, with people carrying the impressive images of the Captured Christ and Our Lady of Hope, carved in cedar by one of the most important artists of the day, Álvarez Duarte. “We are extremely grateful for the involvement of the Piedra Redonda residents association as well as the rest of the population who live close by and all those who have been involved in the organisation of this Easter Week event in Adeje”, said the cultural councillor

Maundy Thursday (April 17th) will see the Mandato procession in the Calle Grande take place, which is considered one of the most solemn acts in the Easter schedule, with the presence of all of the local authorities, the mayor, councillors, members of the security forces and representatives of the borough’s associations and other groups. During the procession a representation of the Crucified Christ by the 18th Century Canarian school attributed to Alonso de Raya and the carvings of the Last Supper and the Virgin of Hope will be carried through the main street.

Other solemn events include the Sacred Burial and the Silent procession, which takes place on the 18th of April at 7pm and 11pm respectively, have also many devotees among members of the public. During the first event, the procession is with the sculpture of Our Lady of Pity, in which she carries Jesus in her arms followed by a sculpture of Mary of Magdalene, a Canarian work of art from the 17th Century who will also be accompanied by other religious sculptures in the charge of the Hermandad del Santísimo (a brotherhood) and the procession ends with the Virgin of Sorrows in candle-light
On the morning of that day, Good Friday, thousands of visitors will, as is now tradition, come to Adeje to witness the street theatre representation of The Passion of Jesus Christ, with the participation of hundreds of Adeje residents. This takes place in the Calle Grande, starting at noon. It will also be broadcast live on in the Canary Islands by Televisión Española and nationally by Channel 2 TVE.
A liturgical week
While the events already mentioned are among the most significant to take place during Easter Week, there is a very full agenda every day of the celebrations, with processions, liturgical events, and much more besides. Three different neighbourhoods will host processions on the Friday of Sorrows, specifically Tijoco-La Hoya, Fañabé and the church of Santa Úrsula in Adeje town centre, with a much revered statue of Our Lady of Pity with Jesus in her arms.

On Saturday April 12th a special Way of the Cross is celebrated with Blessed Christ of the Good Death, from the town cemetery to the church, starting at 10pm. On Palm Sunday (April 13) Armeñime’s procession begins at 10m, with the procession and blessing, followed by the parishes of Santa Úrsula and Tijoco-La Hoya at noon, Fañabé at 12.30pm and from 7pm in Los Olivos the day’s events come to a close with one of the most heartfelt processions of the day, with the Oration Of Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane, from the Las Nieves hermitage.

On Tuesday April 15th an emotional ceremony takes place with the procession of the meeting of Jesus of Nazareth with his Blessed Mother. Another coming together takes place too with two neighbourhoods meeting at the Way of the Cross from Tijoco Bajo to La Hoya.

One of Adeje’s best and most historic sculptures is the focus of the procession on Easter Wednesday. This is the Christ of Humility and Patience, a Canarian work from the 17th Century.

The Easter Vigil begins on Easter Saturday, April 19th, in a number of churches – San José in Los Olivos and in Santa Úrsula church in Adeje town where there will also be a procession and public blessing with the Sacred Sacrament.

On Easter Sunday mass will be held in Armeñime, Adeje town, Callao Salvaje, Fañabé, Tijoco-La Hoya and San Sebastián en La Caleta.

Finally, on Sunday April 13 a 8pm there will be a concert of sacred music in the Convent, entry is free but seating is limited.

All the information can be found in the Adeje webpage, www.adeje.es in the ‘culture’ section in Spanish and English and the programme is also available in Spanish in many local outlets.

COMPLETE PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR EASTER WEEK

Friday 11 April. Friday of Sorrows
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje).
18:30. Holy Rosary.
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist followed by the procession of Our Lady of Piety.

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco – La Hoya)
18:00. Meditation of the Sorrows
18.:30. Celebration of the Eucharist followed by the procession of Our Lady of the Sorrows.

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
21:00. Celebration of the Eucharist followed by the procession of Our Lady of the Sorrows.

SATURDAY 12 APRIL. PALM SATURDAY
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
09:00–13:00. Confession
18:00. Celebration of the Eucharist.
19:00. Concert of sacred music, Convent of San Francisco, Adeje
21:00 Stations of the Cross with Christ of the Good Death, from the town cemetery to the Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir.

Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
19:00-21:00 Confession

Church of Jesucristo Redentor (Callao Salvaje)
19:00 Celebration of the Eucharist.
SUNDAY 13 APRIL. PALM SUNDAY
Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
10:00. Procession of Palms and the Eucharist.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
11:00. Procession of Palms from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Parish church. On arrival celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco – La Hoya)
11:00. Procession of Palms from the old Hermitage to the Parish church. On arrival celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
12:30. Procession of Palms and the Eucharist.

Church of San Sebastián
18:00.Celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
19:00. Blessing of the Palms and the Eucharist followed by the Procession of Jesus to pray at the Mount of Olives.

20:00 Concert of Sacred Music, Convent of San Francisco, Adeje

MONDAY 14 APRIL. Holy Monday
Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
08:30 Monday – Thursday, communal morning prayer (Lauds)
09:00–13:00. Confessions

Chapel of Ntra. Sra. de la Esperanza (La Viña)
20:00. Celebration of the Eucharist.
21:00. Procession of Jesus Captive and Our Lady of Hope.

TUESDAY 15 APRIL Holy Tuesday
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
18:00-19:30. Confession.
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist and the Reception of the Holy Oils.
19:30. Procession of the meeting of Jesus of Nazareth and the Holy Mother.

Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
19:00 Celebration of the Eucharist and Reception of the Holy Oils.
20:00–22:00. Confession

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco- la Hoya)
18:00. Stations of the Cross from Tijoco Bajo to La Hoya.

WEDNESDAY 16 APRIL. HOLY WEDNESDAY
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
17:00–18:00. Confession.
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist.
20:00. Procession of Our Lord of Humility and Patience to the Parish of Los Olivos. On arrival, penitential procession ending with the return to the Santa Úrsula Mártir Parish church.

Parish of de San José (Los Olivos)
09:00–13:00. Confession
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist
19:30-21:30. Confession

THURSDAY 17 APRIL. MAUNDY THURSDAY
Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco- La Hoya)
16:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.

Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
16:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar .

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
16:30. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.

Parish of de San José (Los Olivos)
09:00–13:00. Confession
19:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
19:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Afterwards the Holy Sacrament will be brought to the Altar where it remains and the public may come and adore and pray. Followed by the main Procession.
23:00. Holy hour in front of the Altar.

Calle Grande, Adeje
21:30 h. General rehearsal of Representation of The Passion (The Good Friday Street Theatre).

FRIDAY 18 APRIL. GOOD FRIDAY
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
06:30. Stations of the Cross with Christ of the Good Death to the cemetery.
12:00. Representation of The Passion in the Calle Grande, Adeje. Broadcast live on TVE, Televisión Española on La 2 nationally and La 1 in the Canaries.
19:00. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord. Followed by the Procession of the Holy Burial.
23:00. Silent procession of Our Lady of the Sorrows.

Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
18:00. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco – La Hoya)
16:00.Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord..

Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
16:00. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord..

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
16:30. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.

SATURDAY 19 APRIL. EASTER SATURDAY -EASTER VIGIL.
Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
23:00. Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
23:00. Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil. Followed by a procession and blessing of the Adeje public with the Holy Sacrament. When complete a fraternal breaking of the bread together in the Parish halls.

SUNDAY 20 APRIL. EASTER SUNDAY
Parish of La Resurrección del Señor
10:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
11:00. Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Parish of de San José (Los Olivos)
11:30. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
12:30. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
17:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist.

Church of San Sebastián
18:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist.

Church of Jesucristo Redentor (Callao Salvaje)
19:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

SUNDAY 4 MAY (Third Sunday of Easter)
ROGATION OF OUR LADY, VIRGIN OF THE INCARNATION
09:00 h. Blessing of the pilgrims and rogation of Our Lady, Virgin of the Incarnation from the Parish to the San Sebastián Hermitage. Mass on arrival.

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Live La Pasión 2014


Interested in taking part in the hugely popular annual street theatre in Adeje on Good Friday, La Pasión? Registration is now open.

The councillor for culture, Nayra Medina Bethencourt, has announced that registration is now open for anyone who would like to take part in La Pasión 2014, the theatrical representation which celebrates the final days and death of Jesus of Nazareth, celebrated every Good Friday in Adeje.
The councillor explained that “each year we are delighted to see a huge level of participation from people who live in Adeje and other nearby towns and villages and we are opening the registration now so that people will have time to sign up and attend rehearsals in the days leading up to the event”.
Nayra added, “La Pasión has become a hugely important part of the cultural calendar for Adeje’s people who, year after year, put so much time and effort into making this ‘Way of the Cross’ a special event. And we here in the Council understand the value that people place on this important part of Easter celebrations”.
Interested persons who wish to take part in La Pasión, which has achieved international recognition in recent years, and is broadcast live in the Canary Islands on Television Español and on TV2 at national level, should go along to the Cultural Centre in the town between 8am and 9pm to sign up, or call 922756246.
If younger members of your family wish to take part, and remember you don’t have to speak a huge amount of Spanish to participate, anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Don’t wait for others to tell you about it afterwards! Come and live it for yourselves.

The Voice of Adeje

la voz
Adeje’s school of music, the EMMA, has confirmed that one of their students, Ainoha, will be in the final casting of Telecinco’s La Voz (The Voice) programme so will be performing live soon on the popular national programme.
Adeje’s mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, was delighted at the news and said “we are very proud indeed at this example of Adeje’s young talent which is being recognised beyond the borough…Ainoha is an outstanding student in our municipal school of music which has many other young students showing great promise, students that I am sure we will all be hearing about in the future. Ainoha deserves this recognition because it is as a result of her determination. She is a modest girl, very active in Adeje, singing at local events, as a soloist she sang at the Easter Passion procession playing Mary Magdalene. She is always ready to help, lending her voice wherever it is needed. We send her our congratulations and our full support.”
According to sources in Telecinco the young Adeje singer has surprised participants, coaches and press with her amazing singing voice, La Voz returns to air on September 16th, next Monday, with guest coaches such as Rosario Flores, David Bisbal, Malú and Antonio Orozco.
You can watch the clip of her fabulous audition here: http://www.telecinco.es/lavoz/voz-edicion-2/conoce-ainhoa-anos-tenerife_2_1666905051.html