Distinguished and Pious Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus Nazarene Rescued and Holy Mary of Grief.
Although we have had evidence about the image of Christ being worshipped since 1713, as well as the existence of an inconstant brotherhood, it was not until 1941 when we can certainly claim the foundation of the brotherhood by a group of devoted of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno Rescatado (Our Father Jesus Nazarene Rescued). Its first station of penance took place on Holy Thursday 1942, right after the Spanish Civil War, with the consequent effort it meant in order to provide the brotherhood with all they needed to have a respectable procession. In 1945, the Virgin of Amargura (Grief) went out for the first time, but it stopped in 1960, until it was finally incorporated in the processional parade with a new pace in 1968.
Parish of Santa María de Gracia. The church was founded in 1608 as a convent of discalced Trinitarians, it was elevated over the ground and that is why it is accessed through two ramps. The inside consists of a longitudinal nave richly decorated in Baroque style, as well as the altarpiece carved in the same artistic style.
It is the only brotherhood in Córdoba where the canopy pace with the Virgin goes before the Christ. The reason is the long row of penitents who, after having their promises met, accompany the Rescatado (Rescued). Sometimes there have been more than fifteen thousand people.
María Santísima de la Amargura (Holy Mary of Grief) – [PHOTO #1; #2]
The image of María Santísima de la Amargura (Holy Mary of Grief) was carved in 1942 by sculptor José Callejón. It was commissioned years earlier with the objective of accompanying Nuestro Padre Jesús Rescatado (Our Father Jesus Rescued) in procession. In 1966, the image was deeply remodelled by religious sculptor Juan Martínez Cerrillo, it had flatter and less rounded shapes, and he even changed the look in her eyes, thus looking at the front.
Like the Nazarene, it is an image to be dressed, of which only hands and face are sculpted. Her face is slightly round and has a low look, where we can highlight a small curve of her eyebrows which stands out her painful expression. It is an image with a great expressive strength.
Nuestro Padre Jesús Rescatado (Our Father Jesus Rescued) – [PHOTO #1; #2]
The image of Nuestro Padre Jesús Rescatado was commissioned in 1713 by Brother Cristóbal de San Juan Mata to sculptor Fernando Díaz Pacheco. It represents the moment when Jesus, after having been abandoned by his disciples, is captured and his hands are tied.
It is an image to be dressed, although it has a full size, with articulated arms and artificial hair. He has a low look, lost in thought, very marked cheeks, parted lips, very thick beard, which give the image a great dramatic feeling.
Nowadays, the Nazareneis dressed in a purple velvet tunic with gilded embroidery, a gilded thread rope on his neck and hands, as a proof of his captivity. He is wearing a Trinitarian scapular on his chest and three gilded silver flames on his head.
White tunic, black cape, and purple sash and face-coverer with Trinitarian scapular, black shoes and socks and white gloves. The important posts have the crest of the brotherhood on one side.
Wood and carved metal Guiding Cross by Díaz Roncero.
Carved metal horns and drumsticks by Lama.
Velvet Virgin banner embroidered with the old crest of the brotherhood. Banner of the Lord embroidered with the current crest of the brotherhood.
Banner-guide of the Ducal House of Medinaceli, the most characteristic symbol of the brotherhood, which has been carried since 1967, when it was given by the widow duchess of Medinaceli, member of honour of the brotherhood. It was designed by José María González del Campo and the embroidery was made by the Adoring Mothers.
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