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Holy Cross-I by Josep Giribet

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Josep Giribet Josep Giribet
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$4.00 to $577.00
0.16 Gigapixels
Date added
May 02, 2013
Date taken
Dec 28, 2012

In the Anglesola region there is a tradition coming from the Middle Ages, when the Crusades stormed the Mediterranean. Pilgrims roamed Europe carrying all sorts of relics from the Holy Land. In this case, a lone pilgrim brought fragments of the 'Holy Cross' and after some miraculous events the townsfolk accepted the fragments as a true relic and as such it has been venerated by believers to this day. It is said that the relic -the 'Holy Cross'-, is a ward against storms, providing protection from lightning and hail. During summertime, if storm clouds are seen on the horizon, the town's church bells are rung and a procession bearing the relic is formed to 'bless' the area.
But there is more... on each 3rd of May -the Holy Cross Day-, the town's bakery bakes many small bread rolls, round and without yeast. These bread rolls are blessed with the Holy Cross and are given to all townsfolk and any pilgrims present from nearby towns. People then place the bread thus blessed on window sills at their homes, leaving them there for the whole year. They can also be found on the fields, farms or at the foot of any remarkable tree marking a crossroads. In this case my mother has placed on the window sill two blessed bread rolls, one for the house and one for the vegetable garden.
The anthropologic interest of the tradition is truly remarkable, a truly ancestral custom still being practiced.

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