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

Restored 18th Century Painting

cuadro virgen del rosario RESTAURADO

This Friday at 6pm Adeje’s heritage councillor Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz has invited the public to attend a special mass in the town’s parish church, Santa Ursula, where a restored painting of the Virgin del Rosario, dating from 1743, will be presented. During the mass the public will also be able to listen to the Baroque Organ.
According to the councillor the work to restore this canvas began a number of years ago and was made possible through a partnership between Adeje council, the regional heritage department and the bishopric of Tenerife. The actual restoration work was carried out by Raquel Trujillo Afonso and Candelaria García Díaz. Historian Carlos Morales has made a study of the work and will present the painting and his findings on Friday. Also present will be Rosario Álvarez, president of the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts and professor of music at the University of La Laguna, and local authorities.

Traditions and Modernity

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The following is the list of events taking place in Adeje during the 2013 Municipal Festivals

Friday September 27th
7pm IV Adeje Gastronomy Festival, “Degusta.me”
Centre for Development of Tourism Costa Adeje (CDTCA)

Friday October 4th
6pm Mass and presentation of the Restored Painting of the Image of the Rosary
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
8.30pm Concert, Beselch Rodríguez, “Timple Band”
Music with timple
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre €6

Saturday October 5th
6pm Celebration of th e Eucharist and traditional descent of the Virgin de la Encarnación
Followed by the raising of the banner for Mary
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
8.30pm 25 Anniversary of the Adeje Municipal School of Folklore and Group
Exhibition hall, Adeje Cultural Centre
Tuesday October 8th
6pm Solemn Triduum: Eucharist and Offering
The elderly, infirm and health care workers.
Santa Úrsula Parish Church

Wednesday October 9th
6pm Solemn Triduum: Eucharist
Santa Úrsula Parish Church

Thursday October 10th
6pm Solemn Triduum: Eucharist and Offering
Young people, educators, parents and religious teachers.
Santa Úrsula Parish Church

Friday October 11th
9pm Night Clay Pigeon Shooting
Municipal Shooting Stadium, Taucho
10pm, Gala Night, Adeje-80
Plaza de España
Midnight Street Party with music from “La Clase Aparte”
Plaza de España

Saturday October 12th
9am Street Races open to the public
El Galeón
9:30pm Fiesta Weekend Tenerife 2013
Exhibition of Classic Volkswagen Cars
Parking beside Post Office
6.30pm Bands Competition
Plaza de España
8:30pm Traditional Parade with Floats
Calle Grande
11pm Street Party with music by the Orquesta Sensación Gomera
Plaza de España

Sunday October 13th
6pm Civil Procession with the Municipal Banner
From the Town Hall to the Iglesia Matriz
6.30pm: Solemn Eucharist and Offering
From the different parishes
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
Procession of the Blessed Image
Carried by the bearers of the Virgen de la Encarnación and accompanied by religious and civil authorities, members of the Hermandad del Santísimo, the Mujeres Adejeras con la Virgin collective and and the Adeje Municipal Band
10pm Show with Esther Ovejero “Tributo a Chavela Vargas”
Plaza de España
Midnight Street Party with Orquesta Wamampy
Plaza de España

Monday October 14th
11am Children’s Event
Bouncy Castles, shows and workshops,
Plaza de España
6pm: Holy Rosary
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
6.30pm Solemn Eucharist in honour of Santa Úrsula
Sung by the Santa Úrsula Parochial choir
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
Procession of the Blessed Image
Accompanied by the Adeje Municipal Band, the clergy and authorities
Fireworks
10pm Gala night with humour from Eloisa, Yanely and Lili Quintana
(En Clave de Ja)
Plaza de España

Tuesday October 15th
6pm The story of Adeje through the eyes of its women
A visit to the Casco Histórico de Adeje
8pm Inauguration of the Exhibition “Stanislaw Lem y la Ciencia Ficción”
A social-cultural event by the ARKA collective
Adeje Cultural Centre
8pm 42nd Roque del Conde Football Tournament
In Triangular Format, C.D. Águilas, Fañabé C.F. y C.D. Armeñime.
Adeje Municipal Football Ground

Wednesday October 16th
8pm Senior Citizens Festival
Adeje Centro Cultural Theatre
9pm 42nd Roque del Conde Football Tournament Final
Adeje Municipal Football Ground
Thursday October 17th
6.30pm Children’s Festival l
Plaza de España
10pm Art Factory
Plaza de España

Friday October 18th
6pm Meeting with Riveira
Roundabout Calle Palo Mayor
9pm Miss Sur Competition
Plaza de España
11pm Street Party with Alto Standing
Plaza de España

Saturday October 19th
10am – 4pm Sport on the street
Plaza de España
3pm Rally Slot Villa de Adeje
Adeje Youth Centre
6pm Mass and union with La Gomera
Homage to the Virgen de Guadalupe
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
7.30pm I Villa de Adeje Wrestling Match
Plaza de España
9.30pm XXIX Villa de Adeje Folklore Festival
25th Anniversary of the Adeje Municipal School of Folklore and Group
Plaza de España

10:00 – midday Livestock Fair
El Cerco
11am Pilgrim Mass
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
1pm Romería y Offerings to the Municipal Patrons
Calle Grande
Followed by
Big Street Party with Kimbara and the Orquesta Korinto Band
Plaza de España

 

Karma and cultural diversity in Adeje

Lama Tenzin Khenrab Rinpoche  and Mayor Rodríguez Fraga

Lama Tenzin Khenrab Rinpoche and Mayor Rodríguez Fraga

The Buddhist Lama Tenzin Khenrab Rinpoche and the mayor of Adeje held a joint press conference in the Adeje Cultural Centre to announce details of the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in South Tenerife. The installation, which has actually been in operation since October of last year, was officially opened on the afternoon of Friday June 21st by Lama ‘Rinpoche’ (literally meaning ‘precious one’, used to address or describe Tibetan lamas and other high-ranking or respected teachers. This honour is often used within the Tibetan Buddhist culture, usually reserved for ‘Tulkus’ or recognised reincarnate Lamas and those who are recognised by the relevant authorities as venerated or highly regarded Lamas) with a conference that was free to the public, ‘Relations and Spirituality’, held in the Adeje Cultura Centre. Also present at the press conference was Adeje education councillor Andrés Pérez Ramos.
Mayor Rodríguez Fraga said Adeje was delighted to welcome back the Lama, a man who is highly qualified and respected throughout the world. “Between him and the dedicated group of Buddhist followers they have guaranteed that Adeje can boast one of the few Tibetan Buddhist Schools that is linked directly to the Dalai Lama”.
The mayor said he was delighted at this initaitive, adding that it was a further demonstration of the true image of Adeje and its people, reflecting a modern, dynamic and intercultural society, open to ancient oriental teachings and philosophies.
Tenzin Khenrab ‘Rinpoche’ will be the spiritual guide for the Ghe Pel Ling School of Tibetan Buddhist Studies, based in Torviscas, where the theory and philosphy of karma will form the general basis for classes, from which the influence of “good things over bad” through the actions of individuals are derived.
Adeje’s mayor said the the Buddhist Centre was now at the disposition of Adeje society, and would, he believed, encourage positivity and happiness without people have to renouce any of their personal religious beliefs, because here in the West, Buddhism is seen as more of a philosophy or way of living than a religion. With this in mind he issued a general invitation to everyone to get to know the Centre and its teachings.
For his part Tenzin Khenrab ‘Rinpoche’, who was assisted by a translator during the press conference, welcomed the co-operation of the mayor and the education councillor in facilitating the open of the school and their presence at the official opening ceremony. The Lama said the opening of the teaching centre was a welcome achievement and was thanks to the presence, in Adeje, of some of his past pupils and their belief that its establishment here would help Adeje and its citizens and South Tenerife in general.
He spoke briefly of the philosophy behind Tibetan Buddhism and its simply cause-effect karma, adding that the three principals behind the philosphy are “patience, compassion and love”, the three jewels of Tibetan Buddhism.
“Of course I am like every other person in the world; I have my own character, and I get angry, but at all times I work to control that emotion, and avoid projecting it onto others. In our philosophy, contrary to Christianity, Islam or Judaism, there is no notion of sin. People are free to decide to be good or bad, but they must also accept the consequences which will arise as a result of their actions. In other words, if we commit bad deeds we will suffer, and if, on the other hand, we carry out good works, we will earn satisfaction,” concluded the Tibetan master who invited Adeje’s residents to come to the school and get to know first hand a philosophy that sees all human drama as a direct reaction to past acts, good or evil.

A Guide to Good Friday in Adeje

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Thanks to the Adejemegusta blog, here is a guide to the best way to enjoy the presentation of The Passion in Adeje on Good Friday.

Anyone who has been to the town centre on this special day will tell you that it’s a highly emotional, extremely popular event with thousands of Adejeros and visitors crowding the Calle Grande to watch the action unfold and follow the representation on the street.  And to fully enjoy and appreciate the event it’s best to prepare your visit in advance.

The first thing to note is that this year the action goes up the main street, starting at the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano at about midday and will finish about two hours later at the Plaza de España with the crucifixion taking place on the main stage with the glorious Barranco del Infierno (what an impressive backdrop) and the Roque del Conde behind the action.

Before you leave home make sure you have comfortable shoes, kids have sun protection and sun hats, you have enough water to drink, and don’t forget your camera. But don’t bring a full bag as you will be carrying it for a number of hours.

While there will be parking in designated spots, if possible take the bus or get someone to drop you into the town beforehand.  If you are driving there will be parking at the Correos post office, near the start of the procession and at the Calle Piedra Redonda, down the street from the end point of the action.  There are also three parking zones behind the Cultural Centre.  However these will fill up quickly, so the earlier the better.  Certainly if you are hopìng to park near the Calle Grande I would recommend that you arrive by 10.30.

Once in Adeje it’s hard to suggest one particular ideal spot.  Planning or hoping to follow all the action as it moves up the street, with over 300 actors taking part at various stages and thousands following the action will be practically impossible.  Certainly the more dramatic set pieces will be the Last Supper, the meeting between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the scene with Pontius Pilate, and the highly charged meeting of Jesus with his mother.  An elevated viewing point will be an advantage – maybe finding a point on the steps of the church would be a good idea and watch the procession work its way up the street. Another alternative is persuading friends who have apartments on the Calle Grande to let you view the event from the street – but only the very few are that lucky!

Whereever you do end up you will no doubt be caught up in the emotion of the event and the tremendous performances of those taking part.

Live The Passion, feel The Passion.

Easter Week 2013 – Programme of Events

The Representation of the Passion takes place in the Calle Grande on Good Friday

The Representation of the Passion takes place in the Calle Grande on Good Friday

FRIDAY 22 MARCH.  FRIDAY OF SORROWS

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir  (Adeje).

18:30 h. Holy Rosary.

19:00 h. Celebration of the Eucharist followed by the procession of Our Lady of Piety.

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco – La Hoya).

19:00 h. Procession of Our Lady of the Sorrows with the Holy Rosary.

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé).

21:00 h. Celebration of the Eucharist followed by the procession of Our Lady of the Sorrows.

SATURDAY 23 MARCH. PALM SATURDAY.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje).

18:00 h. Celebration of the Eucharist.

22:00 h. Stations of the Cross with Christ of the Good Death, from the town cemetery to the Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir.

Church of Jesucristo Redentor (Callao Salvaje)

20:15 h. Celebration of the Eucharist.

SUNDAY 24 MARCH. PALM SUNDAY.

Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime).

10:00 h. Procession of Palms and the Eucharist.

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco – La Hoya).

12:00 h. 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 h. Procession of Palms and the Eucharist.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir. (Adeje).

18:00 h. Procession of Palms from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Parish church.  On arrival Celebration of the Eucharist.

Church of San Sebastián.

18:00 h.Celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of San José (Los Olivos).

19:00 h. Blessing of the Palms and the Eucharist followed by the Procession of Jesus to Pray at the Mount of Olives, to the Las Nieves hermitage.

MONDAY 25 MARCH: Holy Monday.

Chapel of Ntra. Sra. de la Esperanza (La Viña).

19:30 h  Confession.

20:00 h. Celebration of the Eucharist.

21:00 h. Procession of Jesus Captive and Our Lady of Hope.

Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime).

18:00 h. Confession.

19:00 h. Stations of the Cross in the parish.

TUESDAY 26 MARCH. Holy Tuesday .

Parish of La Concepción de La Laguna (Cathedral).

11:00 h. Celebración de la Santa Misa Crismal.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir. (Adeje).

19:00 h. Confession.

19:30 h. Celebration of the Eucharist and the Reception of the Holy Oils.

20:00 h. Procession of the meeting of Jesus of Nazarety and the Holy Mother.

20:00 h. Theatre: “Good Friday”, Karl König. Teatro Tajina. Adeje Cultural Centre, free entrance.

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco- la Hoya)

18:00 h. Stations of the Cross from Tijoco Bajo to La Hoya. Followed by Confession.

WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH. HOLY WEDNESDAY

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje).

17:00 h. Confession.

18:00 h. Celebration of the Eucharist.

19:00 h. Procession of Our Lord of Humility and Patience to the Parish of Los Olivos. On arrival celebration of the Word of God (confessions will be heard during this time and afterwards), followed by the procession returning to the Santa Úrsula Mártir Parish church.

THURSDAY 28 MARCH. MAUNDY THURSDAY.

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco- La Hoya).

16:00 h. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper.  Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.

Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime).

16:00 h. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper.  Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar .

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé).

16:30 h. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper.  Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.

Parish of de San José (Los Olivos)

18:00 h. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper.  Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir. (Adeje).

19:00 h. 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 h. Holy hour in front of the Altar.

Calle Grande, Adeje.

21:00 h. General rehearsal of Representation of The Passion.

FRIDAY 29 MARCH.  GOOD FRIDAY.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir. (Adeje).

06:30 h. Stations of hte Cross with Christ of the Good Death to the cemetery.

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12:00 h. Representation of The Passion in the Calle Grande, Adeje.Broadcast live in TVE in the Canary Islands.

19:00 h. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord. Followed by the Procession of the Holy Burial .

22:30 h. Procession of the Silence of Our Lady of the Sorrows.

Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

18:00 h. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.

Parish of La Milagrosa. (Tijoco – La Hoya).

16:00 h.Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord..

Parish of La Resurrección del Señor. (Armeñime).

16:00 h. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord..

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé).

16:30 h. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.

SATURDAY 30 MARCH. EASTER SATURDAY -EASTER VIGIL.

Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

22:30 h. Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir.- (Adeje).

23:00 h.  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 31 MARCH. EASTER SUNDAY

Parish of La Resurrección del Señor.

10:00 h. Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of Santa Úrsula  Mártir (Adeje).

11:00 h. Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Church of Jesucristo Redentor (Callao Salvaje)

12:00 h. Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo. (Fañabé).

12:30 h. Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoc-La Hoya)

17:30 h. Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist.

Church of San Sebastián.

18:00 h. Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist.

SUNDAY 14 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. .

 

The Passion, 2012

The Passion, Adeje, 2012

The Passion, Adeje, 2012

If you have yet to experience the incredible Passion presentation that takes place in Adeje’s town centre every Good Friday, you can prepare yourselves by going to a free film in  the Cultural Centre this Friday at 7pm.

The department of culture is showing a film of last year’s procession – where hundreds of local Adejeros take part in a day-time reconstruction of the passion and crucifixion of Christ.  This really is one of the very special days in Adeje’s cultural and religious calendar and closer to Ester I will bring you more information about all the Easter events taking place in Adeje and how you or your children can actually take part in this incredible street theatre on the day.

For now though you are invited to  LA PASIÓN 2012, on Friday in the Adeje Cultural Centre theatre, and entry is free.

 

Why not sell religion?

Horses are ridden to the sea in celebration of this festival

Horses are ridden to the sea in celebration of this festival

 

Why not sell religion?

Coming from another Roman Catholic such as Ireland I spent my first years in Adeje amazed at the easy manner in which religion and celebration, proper on-the-street, having fun, having a few drinks celebration, exist side by side.

In Ireland today there are parallels, with, for instance, the celebration of the country’s national saint, Saint Patrick, which is a huge international event – but in Spain they have the art of toasting saints and holy days down to a fine art. And really, here in Adeje, they could use it as a great selling point.  Just a few weeks ago we gathered along the main street in the heart of the town to greet the Magi, the Three Kings as they arrived on January 5th to the delight of the thousands gathered. The parade included a float dedicated to the holy family, as much a part of the festivities as any one else.  Back in the old country the religious side of Christmas is very much apart from Santa Claus and his reindeer – the two are celebrated but not quite at the same time.

Only two weeks ago of the borough’s most emblematic celebrations took place – the Fiesta de San Sebastian, in La Caleta.  Over 25 thousand people turned up to celebrate the day and watch the bringing of local animals, including 60 horses and riders, a camel, donkeys, goats, sheep and dogs, to the sea for a blessed bathe.   This is a marvellous spectacle, and one that has been unchanged really by the march of time.  And of course there were thousands of foreigners among the many who gathered. But maybe there could have been  more.

So here’s a challenge for Adeje and for us new Adejeros perhaps.  Use these religious festivities to attract even more people to the borough. Days like the celebration of San Sebastian, and the manner in which Adeje marks Good Friday (Easter is only two months away after all), are so unique, so special, they are events that maybe need even a more exposure abroad.

What do you think – should religion be used to sell a location or is it an abuse of something that is, in its essence, sacred?