La Madonna Addolorata

Forio from 01/03 to 01/04
Our Lady of Sorrows was initially called Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows, but Pope Pius X in 1913 looked at the liturgical feast of Our Lady of Sorrows as on September 15th. Our Lady of Sorrows has her heart pierced by seven swords because seven were her greatest sorrows: the prophecy of Simeon, the flight into Egypt, the loss of Jesus at the age of 12, his journey to Golgotha, the Crucifixion, the Deposition from the cross and burial.
The liturgical feast of Our starts on Thursday two weeks before Easter, in fact, is the solemn enthronement that from the beginning of the novena.
On Friday before Palm Sunday (or sixth Friday of Lent) is a day of pain and sadness because he remembers the pain of Mary, from six o’clock in the morning successive harvest. At 10.00 there is a solemn mass and procession at 11.00 there is the statue of Our kept in the Parish of St. Sebastian, is carried in procession through the main streets of the town. The afternoon of the same day there are the "three hours" of Mary desolate, with sacred songs and moments of reflection on the Seven Sorrows.
On the evening of Palm Sunday, held the traditional "kiss Snow" (people in turn approaches the statue to kiss the mantle).
On Holy Saturday, at the end of the Easter Vigil, the image of the Virgin is crowned with flowers, the singing of the "Regina Coeli" (singing in Latin, which the people of Forio joyfully sings on Easter Sunday during the angel’s run).
The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows is carved into the wood, its coat is pure silk with gold embroidery, in Baroque style.
There are currently three different clothes of Addolorata, one of which is of ancient manufacture and was made immediately after the war (1953) with the help of his faithful, on the cloth are embroidered with the symbols of the "Passion of Christ" ( the cross, thorns, spear, etc.)..
In addition, the statue has in its hands precious objects donated by the faithful as votive offerings. It is said that the statue belonged to a noble Forian family and was donated to the Church.
The author of the statue is unknown.

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