AC - Altar Boys and Clergy
PD - Passion Devotees
SG - Statuary Group
LG - Live Group
VB - Velvet Banner
PE - Passion Emblems
FM - Funeral Marches
(VB) A purple flag heads the procession.
A crucifix, flanked by two mahogany candlesticks follows.(LG) The Prologue: the narrator of the Passion and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
(VB) The gold embroidered velvet two-poled flag, with the words PASSIO DOMINI NOSTRI JESU CHRISTI, shows the title of the pageant : The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
(PE) A huge cross in papier macheí, a ladder, a lantern and a rope. These symbols remind us of Gethsemanie and Golgotha. Throughout the procession, young boys carry different models of instruments and emblems used during the trial and death of Our Lord. Others carry wooden placards with extracts from the Scriptures.
(LG) MELCHISEDECH: the High Priest (gen. 14). King of Salem later known as Jerusalem. He was the first High Priest to offer bread and wine as a sacrifice to God, as a sign of thanksgiving after the Lord God helped Abraham release his brother Lot, from bondage.
JESUS IN THE GARDEN OF OLIVES
GESU' FIL-GNIEN TAZ-ZEBBUG
This first statue represents the agony of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, the garden of olives. An Angel stands by to strengthen Jesus while presenting him the Cross and the chalice. This statue has been made anew and was inaugurated for the procession of the year 2000.
"And taking the twelve he said to them: Behold we are going to Jerusalem, and everything that is written of the Son of man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon; they will scourge him and kill him, and on the third day he will rise."
(PE) The 30 pieces of silver, Malchusís ear and Peterís sword.
(LG) A group of Jewish priests and elders armed with swords and clubs.
(LG) Judas with rope around his neck reminds us of the tragic end of our Lordís traitor.
BETRAYAL OF JESUS
IT-TRADIMENT TA' GUDA
The second statue shows the betrayal of Judas. The face of Jesus is depicted both solemn and sad at the betrayal of one of his apostles. Note that Judas is carrying in his hand the purse with the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the betrayal.
"Whilst he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him: 'Judas would you betray the Son of man with a kiss'?"
(PE) A young boy carries an embalmed cock. We are reminded of Peterís triple denial.
(PE) Another person carries a glove reminding us of Malchus the High Priestís servant who struck Jesus in the face.
(LG) The High Priests Annas and Caiphas, and King Herod. Jesus was brough in the presence of each of them in succession.
(PE) A whipping post and whips used for the scourging.
(LG) Shaggy Barabbas, drags his chains under the watchful eyes of roman soldiers.
(LG) Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea, is escorted by soldiers and waited upon by two page boys holding water and a towel.
THE SCOURGING OF JESUS
This statue represents Our Lord scourged at the pillar. Jesus seems to have suffered a lot at the hands of the Roman soldiers who were responsible for the scourging.
"And so Pilate wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified." --- Mark 15,15
(PE) A crown of thorns, a reed and a purple cloak.
JESUS CROWNED WITH THORNS
GESU' INKURUNAT BIX-XEWK (Ecce Homo)
This statue in papier mache was recently renovated. As this statue is relatively small and light, it is popular amongst the teenagers who vie between themselves to carry it. Jesus crowned with thorns with a reed in his hands and a purple cloak hanging from his shoulders, sits on a low pillar.
"And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in purple robep; they came up to him saying: "Hail King of the Jews!", and struck him with their hands." --- John 19.2-3
(PE) Veronicaís veil. Tradition says that one of the women who were bewailing and lamenting Jesus, wiped his face in her veil and the effigy of the face was transferred onto the veil.
The statue shows Veronica, the holy woman, who according to Tradition went out of her way to wipe the face of Jesus and who in turn was graced with the miraculous image upon her veil.
"And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him." - Luke 23,27
(LG) An old and hoary Abraham and a young Isaac. Isaac carried on his shoulders the wood on which he was to be offered up in sacrifice, so also Jesus carried on his shoulders the wood of the cross on which he was to offer his life for humanity.
(VB) S.P.Q.R. - meaning Senatus Popolus Que Romanus, that is: The Senate and the People of Rome.
(LG) A roman officer and a group of Roman soldiers keep watch on Jesus as he trudges up his way to the Golgotha.
(LG) Simon of Cyrene compelled by the Romans and the Jews to carry the cross for Jesus.
(PD) A group of buglers remind us of the Roman trumpeteers who heralded Jesus through the narrow roads of Jerusalem. Today a group of Roman Soldiers with drums and trumpets herald the passing of Jesus through the streets of Luqa.
JESUS FALLS BENEATH THE
The Statue is one of the heaviest to carry. Jesus is shown on his knees , stumbling under the heavy burden of the cross. His face shows the pain he is suffering for the sins of mankind.
"So they took Jesus, and he went out bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha." --- John 19,17
Din l-istatwa tirrapresenta 'l Gesu' f'wahda mill-waqghat tieghu fit-triq lejn il-Kalvarju. Huwa jbati hafna taht it-toqol tas-salib li jgorr fuq spallejh b'mod li jidher li ma jiflahx iktar. Tqanqal il-hniena l-harsa f'ghajnejn ir-Redentur, mghobbli bit-toqol ta' dnubietna.
(PD) Six devotees with face covered, and barefoot take up the cross and follow Jesus.
(PD) Each of eight men with face covered to conceal their identity, shoulders a heavy wooden cross so as to fulfill a vow made for some special request granted through prayer.
(PE) Nails, a hammer and dice.
(LG) A lad carried the paschal lamb, slain in sacrifice by the Jews on the eve of their exodus from Egypt. As the Israelites were saved from death with the help of the blood of the lamb sprinkled on the doorposts, we are also saved from sin and hell in virtue of the Precious Blood of Christ which was shed for us on Calvary.
(LG) Another lad carries the brazen serpent raised on a pole. This, too, is a type of Christís healing death on the cross.
(VB) The seven small gold-embroidered banners respresent Christís seven last words, while dying on the cross. The words are written in Latin; in English they mean:
(LG) Three richly dressed boys carry passion emblems.
(LG) Two Roman Soldiers - one holding a spear, the other holding a reed at the top of which there is a sponge.
JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
This statuary group is the heaviest of all. It is the main and central group of the whole procession. Christ is writhing his body with pain while Our Lady sorrowfully looks up at him.
"Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen."
(LG) Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus carry the shroud and the spices required for embalming the lifeless body of Jesus.
(AC) Altar Boys and the Parish Clergy.
JESUS LAID TO REST IN THE TOMB
IL-MONUMENT (Gesu' mejjet)
Jesus's Body is lying in state. The figure of Christ is a very good artistic work in papier mache'. Note the embroidered drapery, the carved and gilded woodwork and the four angels with silver emblems and passion instruments in their hands.
"Then he (Joseph) took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud, and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb, where no one had ever yet been laid." -- Luke 23.53
Din l-istatwa, akkumpanjata mill-Kleru turi lil Gesu' mejjet imqieghed f'monument mill-izjed rikk.
OUR LADY OF SORROWS
ID-DULURI TA" MARIJA SANTISSIMA
The Holy Mother is weeping at the foot of the cross. St. John stands by and consoles Our Lady.
"Stabat Mater Dolorosa". That is: The Sorrowing Mother stood by the Cross. This is the first line of the hymn read out at Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
On the following Sunday, the Curch celebrates the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, thus enphasising the belief that after death there follows the begining of a New Life.