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La Vera-Cruz (The True Cross)

Pious and Sacramental Brotherhood of the Good Shepherd and Immaculate Conception, Very Old, Always Distinguished and Pontifical, Royal, Fervent, Humble and Seraphic Brotherhood of the Holy True Cross, Our Lord of the Kings and Saint Mary of the Sweet Name in her Glorious Pains.

HISTORY.
There is documental evidence of the existence of a brotherhood of Vera Cruz (True Cross) since 1497, when it occupied a chapel close to the cemetery of San Rafael, and it was later moved to the Church of San Francisco. It disappeared in the 19th century but was founded in 1983 in the Conventual Church of Buen Pastor. In 1984 it became Sacramental and Conceptionist and on the 1st April of that year, the image of María Santísima del Dulce Nombre en sus Dolores Gloriosos (Saint Mary of the Sweet Name in her Glorious Pains) was blessed. In 1985 it was moved to the Parish of San José and Espíritu Santo and in 1987 the image of Nuestro Señor de los Reyes (Our Lord of the Kings) was blessed, which went out in procession for the first time on Holy Monday 1991. In 2000 the Virgen del Dulce Nombre (Virgin of the Sweet Name) joined the penitential retinue.

TEMPLE.
Parish of San José an Espíritu Santo. The church in the neighbourhood of Campo de la Verdad has three naves separated by columns, some of which come from the old Aljama Mosque in Córdoba, of which we can highlight their capitals. Nowadays we can stand out the large Baroque altarpiece and some of the religious sculptures located on the side altarpieces, as well as the old “Guiding Cross” which is kept in this temple throughout the whole year.

THE IMAGES.
Nuestro Señor de los Reyes (Our Lord of the Kings) – [PHOTO #1; #2]
The sculpture of Nuestro Señor de los Reyes (Our Lord of the Kings) was made by religious sculptor from Seville Antonio Dubé de Luque, around 1987. It is an image to be dressed despite it being carved in detail except for the arms, in order to fit it to the cross.
The Lord is presented as Nazarene, with the Cross over his shoulders, but the cross is upside down, which was the most frequent way of representing Christ until the 16th century. His swarthy face shows a deep expression as well as the signs of his martyrdom.
Originally, the brotherhood’s intention was to accompany Christ with two executioners who give him the cross; therefore it would have been a narration of the scene of delivery of the Cross at the Praetorium. However, they decided to place the Lord on his own, as if embracing the Cross.

María Santísima del Dulce Nombre y sus Dolores Gloriosos (Holy Mary of the Sweet Name and her Glorious Pains) – [PHOTO #1; #2]
Like the image of the Lord, it was made by sculptor Antonio Dubé de Luque, in 1984. This beautiful sculpture with round face and blue eyes is bursting with sweetness, as its name suggests, in contrast with the clear painful gesture. She has a low look, with three tears in her eyes. Her eyebrows are slightly frowned, her nose is straight and her lips are parted, which prove a greater expression.

NAZARENE HABIT.
White tunic with red buttons, red velvet face-coverer, white cape and red and white cincture.

IMPORTANT INSIGNIAS.
 Old Guiding Cross, property of the parish of San Joséand Espíritu Santo, restored in the silversmithing workshops of Brothers Lama.
 Carved nickel silver lanterns from the workshops of Villarreal in Seville.
 Pontifical flag embroidered in the workshops of the brotherhood. Pure blue Conceptionist flag with carved nickel silver pole by Villarreal, embroidered in the workshops of the brotherhood.
 Penitential flag embroidered in the workshops of the brotherhood.
 Tintinnabulum accompanied by candlesticks, which can be used as it belongs to the Main Basilica of San Juan de Letránin Rome.
 Banner of the brotherhood, the first insignia it had, made in red velvet embroidered in gold with ivory overlays by the workshops of Santa Isabelin Seville, according to a design by artistic advisor of the brotherhood Antonio Dubé.
 Carved candlesticks by Villarreal.
 Nickel silver baton of the Main Brother by the same workshop in Seville, Villarreal.

  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba

  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • Nuestro Señor de los Reyes - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba
  • María Santísima del Dulce Nombre - Hermandad de La Vera-Cruz en Córdoba

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