Exhibition to mark 100th anniversary of Xaghra’s Passion statues

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Exhibition to mark 100th anniversary of Xaghra's Passion statuesAn exhibition entitled ‘Simulacr,’ is being held to mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary since the arrival of the Passion statues for the Good Friday procession in Xaghra, Gozo.

In 1913, with Rev. Mawrizju Cauchi as Archpriest, an inspiring Crucifix arrived in Xaghra from Lecce. The parishioners were so struck by this image, that in a very short time, they decided that the parish should order a set of 8 statues, depicting the mysteries of the passion, death and internment of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The year after, exactly 100 years ago, a Good Friday procession with the eight new statues left the Xaghra parish church for the first time ever. The pappier mache statues were all manufactured at the “bottega” of the famous sculptor Luigi Guacci at Lecce.

During the past century, these same statues needed to undergo various interventions of conservation and restoration. Even the Good Friday procession itself has undergone substantial changes to the extent that today, it takes the form of a pageant with the participation of about 500 adults and children, Xagha Parish said.

The exhibition in commemoration of this 100th anniversary of the first procession, will include a number of photographs dating back to the early years of this procession, some of which have never been exhibited to the public. Other exhibits include antique objects related to the statues and the procession.

A short film will also present to the viewer, different instances from the procession throughout the years, some of them being in the original format, going back to the 60’s.

The exhibition is being held at a site in Victory Square, Xaghra. The opening hours are as follows:

Saturday, the 12th of April: 18.00 – 20.00

Sunday, the 13th to Wednesday, the 16th of April: 09.00 – 12.00; 16.00 – 19 00.

Thursday, the 17th of April: 09.00 – 12.00; 20.00 – 23.00

Friday, the 18th of April: 08.00 – 12.00; 16.30 – 21.00

Saturday, the 19th of April: 09.00 – 12.00; 16.00 – 19.00

Sunday, the 20th of April: 08.00 – 12.00; 16.00 – 21.00.

Photograph – Xaghra Parish.

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