Salesian Brotherhood ofNazarenes of Our Father Jesus, Divine Saviour, on his Arrest, Our Lady of Piety and Saint John Bosco.
It was founded in 1952 in the church of María Auxiliadora by members of the Association of Old Salesian Students and members of a brotherhood, with the collaboration of the former headteacher of the school, José Ruiz Olmo. At the beginning, they requested a quote from the famous religious sculptor from Seville Antonio Castillo Lastrucci in order to make the 13 images of the Last Supper. However, due to the high cost, they decided to have the Prendimiento (Arrest) done by Antonio Castillo Ariza from Córdoba. Its first station of penance took place on Holy Tuesday 1953. In 1959 the image of Nuestra Señora de La Piedad (Our Lady of Piety) was blessed and included in the penitential retinue. In 1990 the sculpture of the Lord was substituted by the current one.
The Church of María Auxiliadora is located in a neighbourhood that is very fond of Holy Week, between San Lorenzo and Santa María de Gracia. This church belongs to the school founded at the beginning of the 20th century by the Salensians when they arrived in the city. It has a single nave, and we can highlight the main altarpiece with the image of María Auxiliadora at its front, which goes on procession every May along the streets of the neighbourhood. The temple, annexed to the school on one of its sides, has the typical decoration of this time, and the images of the brotherhood are located in a small altar next to the door.
Nuestro Padre Jesús Divino Salvador en su Prendimiento (Our Father Jesus Divine Saviour on his Arrest) – [PHOTO #1; #2]
The image of Nuestro Padre Jesús en su Prendimiento (Our Father Jesus on his Arrest) was made by Antonio Dubé de Luque in 1990, and it substituted the previous one by Antonio Castillo Ariza from 1955.
This scene represents the moment when Jesus, who was praying in the garden of Gethsemane, is arrested by a group of guardians on the temple under Judas’s orders.
At the front, we can see an executioner on one side, wearing a short skirt and holding the rope with which the Lord is tied; on the other side, there is a Roman soldier, also wearing short skirt, breastplate, capeand a helmet with luxurious white feathers. Between them we can see Jesus, arrested and submissive towards his fate. Behind him, there is a second Roman in similar clothes. At the back, looking at what is happening, there are the three images of Apostles Peter, James and John, all of them made by Antonio Bernal from Córdoba. Saint Peter, who cut an ear off the servant of the High Priest, is holding a sword. Not facing the scene, next to the olive tree, Judas is regretting his betrayal.
The Lord is standing, with his hands tied at the front, wearing a maroon plain tunic, and a golden thread cord hanging from his neck. His thick hair and beard frame a beautiful swarthy face, with marked features that show submission and humility.
Nuestra Señora de la Piedad (Our Lady of Piety) – [PHOTO #1; #2]
The image of Nuestra Señora de la Piedad (Our Lady of Piety) was made by religious sculptor from Córdoba Juan Martínez Cerrillo around 1958. It is one of his most popular virgins, but, since then, it has experienced numerous restorations that have removed its original appearance almost completelty. In spite of it, it is characterised by her sweet and expressive face, which is very popular and devoted in her neighbourhood.
White tunic, blue face-coverer and cape and white and blue cincture.
Guiding Cross, made in mahogany with marble overlays by Rafael Valverde (1958).
Flag of the Old Salesian Students, embroidered in silk.
Banner of the brotherhood, with fine gold embroidery and designed by Antonio Muñoz (1995).
Senatusbanner made in nickel silver by Luis Jiménez (1996).
Pennant of Youth, designed and embroidered in gold by Pérez Artés (1999).
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