It’s Not What You Think!

A common feature in Spain is the almost general usage of the nazareno or penitential robe for some of the participants in the processions. This garment consists in a tunic, a hood with conical tip (capirote) used to conceal the face of the wearer, and sometimes a cloak. The exact colors and forms of these robes depend on the particular procession. The robes were widely used in the medieval period for penitents, who could demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity.These nazarenos carry processional candles or rough-hewn wooden crosses, may walk the city streets barefoot, and, in some places may carry shackles and chains on their feet as penance.


6 Responses to “It’s Not What You Think!”

  1. Phillip T. Says:

    it’s unfortunate we can’t do that here in the states, it looks awesome.

  2. matt Says:

    now that you told me who they are…they still freak me out.

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  4. Mark Says:

    Yeaaaaah…. I’m glad my wife didn’t see this before we were received into the Church at Easter…. As much as I like traditional liturgies and pomp, this one freaks me out. Esp. pictures 2-4. The last one just sort of looks like a harmless parade. But the purple with the scepters…. *shiver* And do we really need a black and white photo? That just screams 1950’s Alabama, lol…

  5. Eugene Edward Yeo Says:

    It seems to me that here in America we could use more public displays of penance, especially from those who put robes like these to other uses…

  6. Franklin E. Tompkins Sr. Says:

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