Brotherhood of Penance of the Stations of the Cross of the Holy Christ of Health.
Córdoba was the first devoted city of the Vía Crucis (Stations of the Cross) in the West at the beginning of the 15th century. The idea for this brotherhood dates back to that time. It was founded in the Parish of San Juan y Todos los Santos in 1972, under the name of Santísimo Cristo del Vía Crucis (Holy Christ of the Stations of the Cross, which was later changed to Santísimo Cristo de la Salud (Holy Christ of Health), thus taking back the old name of the Holy Christ. Its first station of penance took place on Holy Monday 1973 and it stands out for the strictness of its rules and the encouragement of the love for Christ.
Parish of San Juan y Todos los Santos (Trinidad), founded by King Fernando III over an old mosque; the one we can see today dates back to 1710. Although we do not have evidence of its author, he is thought to have been master Francisco Hurtado Izquierdo. It has one single nave, with a small transept and a rectangular apse, as well as the two façades from the 18th century with Solomon columns. It has a prominent group of altarpieces from the 18th century, among which we can highlight the one at the front of the Main Altar. In the Tabernacle there are also mural paintings by Antonio Palomino representing motifs from the Old Testament.
El Santo Cristo de la Salud (Holy Christ of Health) – [PHOTO #1; #2]
The image of Santo Cristo de la Salud (Holy Christ of Health) is an anonymous work from the 16th century, more specifically from 1590. It originally belonged to the old Cofradía de la Coronación (Brotherhood of the Crowning), whose headquarters were located in the Conventual Church of the Trinitarian Order. It it thought that the main reason of worship could have been the services celebrated due to the great epidemics that lashed the Andalusian cities.
It is a Christ who died on the Cross, attached to it through three nails and covered by an ivory-coloured and flowery purity cloth tied on his left. He has a muscular body, with hunched legs, his head leaning on his right side. His hair, a bit untidy, falls over his right shoulder and mixes with his very thick beard, arranged in parallel spirals.
As the name of the brotherhood itself suggests, the image of the Lord goes in procession in Vía Crucis (Stations of the Cross), that is, without a pace, and therefore, without music. It is a very celebrated procession by the people of Córdoba, and it adds a new feature to the already heterogeneous Holy Monday in our city.
Black tunic and face-coverer, black shoes and rosary as a cincture.
Guiding Cross, copy of the one from the Holy Cathedral Church, by sculptor from Granada Alonso Cano, made in birch wood by Rafael Centella (1992).
Banner with gold and silk embroidery by Antonio Muñoz (1994).
Accompanying brass lanterns of the Holy Viatic (anonymous from the 18th century).
Nickel silver censers by Díaz Roncero (1992), designed by Miguel Arjona.
Turned wood candlesticks by Miguel Arjona. Four candelabra by Miguel Arjona.
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