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Throughout the whole week of Holy Week, also known as Semana Santa there are many religious processions. Hermandades and Cofradias are groups of people based at different churches who organize these processions. The umbrella organization here in Barcelona is the Consell General de Germandats i Cofraries de la Arxidiòcesi de Barcelona. The two main Hermandades de la Penitencia organize the processions from the Església de San Agustí on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The processions are very solemn and beautifully, intricately decorated floats with Jesus are paraded through the city streets. People participating in the processions dress in traditional capirote – the tall hat which covers the face and belted robes. Women often wear the mantilla, a black lace veil worn high on the back of the head. Be sure to look out for the giant crosses and music because these are signals that the procession is near.

Palm Sunday (April 9th)

This day always falls on the Sunday before Easter. It is a celebration of the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. All churches have mass on this day, which includes a special ceremony in which the priest leave the church to bless the congregation who are carrying laurel branches and palm stalks and leaves. Boys carry the palmons, which are tall palm stalks and the girls carry the palmes. The children’s palms all have sweets or toys attached to them and are decorated with Catalan senyera ribbons. Below is a schedule of the Palm Sunday Procession.

Diumenge de Rams

  • Led by La Hermandad de la Macarena y la Jesús del Gran Poder
  • Start: 10:00 Església de Sant Agustí, Plaça Sant Agustí, 2, Raval
  • Finish: 12:00 Església de Sant Agustí
  • Route: Plaça Sant Agustí, Carrer Hospital, La Rambla, Carrer Santa Ana, Portal de l’Àngel, Carrer Cucurulla, Carrer Portaferrisa, La Rambla, Carrer Hospital, Plaça Sant

Bendició de la Palma – The Blessing of the Palm

  • 11:00 at La Seu – Barcelona Cathedral
  • 12:00 at La Sagrada Familia Church

Good Friday (April 14th)

There are two main parades/processions in Barcelona on this day. One of these processions consists of two “paso” floats  and around 300 participants and musicians. The schedules for both processions are below.

Good Friday – Divendres Sant Procession 

  • Led by La Hermandad de la Macarena – Paso Cristo
  • Start: 17.00 Església de Sant Agustí in Plaça Sant Agustí, 2, Raval
  • At 20.00 they meet with the procession of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias in front of Barcelona Cathedral
  • Finish: around 22.30 Església de Sant Agustí
  • Route: Plaça Sant Agustí, La Rambla, Carrer Santa Anna, Portal de l’Ángel, Carrer dels Arcs, Plaça Nova, Avinguda Catedral, Boters, Pi, Plaça del Pi, Carrer Cardenal Casañas, La Rambla, Carrer Hospital and Plaça Sant Agustí

Good Friday – Divendres Sant Procession 

  • Led by La Hermandad y Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias
  • Paso: Nuestra Señora de las Angustias – Our Lady of Sorrows
  • Start: 19:00 Església de Sant Jaume at Carrer de Ferran, 28, Barri Gòtic
  • At 20:00 they meet with the procession of la Hermandad de la Macarena in front of Barcelona Cathedral
  • Finish: 23:00 at Església de Sant Jaume
  • Route: Església de Sant Jaume, Carrer Ferrán, Plaça Sant Jaume, Carrer Bisbe, Avinguda de la Catedral, Boters, Portaferrissa, La Rambla and Ferrán, Església de Sant Jaume


– Nina


2 comments. Leave new

Agata Mucha
06/04/2017 14:21

What time does the Palm Sunday Procession start? In the article it says 00.
Thank you!

Leah Marie Warner
06/04/2017 18:57

Hey! Thanks for pointing that out, our mistake!

the procession starts at 10:00!

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