How many of you have ever been to church on Good Friday…you know, the Stations of the Cross service? How many of you have ever seen the Stations of the Cross – live?
Well, now I have.
Last Friday, yes…Good Friday to be exact was A’ Naca in downtown Catanzaro. Held every year, this processional reenacts the Stations of the Cross, stopping momentarily in front of several important churches throughout the city, while circling the downtown area.
We arrived just in time for the beginning – at exactly 4:26 PM. The church was already crowded, and there were several miniature Mary’s dressed for the occasion. There were four 10-foot crosses propped on their sides, and a confessional-full of other props and decorations just waiting to be needed
Finally, we overheard…
“6:00? 6:00? It is going to start at 6:00? How will we keep the children occupied for that long?”
“Children?” I thought.
“How will I keep my husband occupied that long?”
And, so, in typical southern Italian style, we watched with interest the disorganization and scurrying around us. At 6:00, they opened the church doors and I saw this.
Hundreds, if not more, Calabrese anxiously awaiting – despite the cold wind and sub-Easter temps for the processional to begin.
My shock was momentarily distracted by the arrival of the star.
Musicians heralded the commencement of A’Naca, as droves of clergymen and members from the various churches throughout Catanzaro began the processional.