Hermandad Penitencial Stabat Mater

 

Foundation Year: 1993

Canonical See: Chapel of the Sacred Heart College - HH. Marists

 

Images: 

Stabat Mater Sculpture Group: Christ of the Cane • Remigio Soler 1993. María, Juan, Magdalena and Romano • Remigio Soler 1993.

Image Mariana: Our Good Sorrowful Mother and the Holy Shroud • Ramón Cuenca Santos 2020

 

Shield: 

Following the values of the Congregation HH. Marists, this Brotherhood adopts the three violets as its own shield, “simplicity, humility and modesty”. All this is introduced in a circular element where in the lower part you can read "Brotherhood Stabat Mater" which means "The Mother was at the foot of the Cross" which represents the titular passage of the Brotherhood on Holy Tuesday.

 

Dress: 

It is traditional for this Brotherhood to wear a purple colored vest and an old gold colored mask. An old gold-colored cord will also be placed on the waist, ending its ends in tassels, also of the same color. They also wear white gloves, black shoes and socks and a Brotherhood medal.

 

History: 

This Penitential Brotherhood is gestated within the College of the Marist Brothers where it is constituted by the encouragement and proposal of the president of the Greater Board, Mr. Pamblanco, to D. Joaquín Sala Romero (ultimately the brotherhood's first older brother) who in turn transferred the idea of creating a brotherhood of Holy Week to several Marist Brothers. Being his incorporation in the Greater Board on January 28, 1992 and parading for the first time, on Holy Tuesday, April 6, 1993.

 

Finally and, thanks to the impulse given by the brothers (Br Francisco Báscones, Br David Aranda, Br José Manjón, Br Michel, Br Juan Borrás and Br Vallejo) the Brotherhood is founded, which takes the name of the passage of the Good Mother at the Foot of the Cross, with her thirsty son, Stabat Mater.

The Brotherhood, in keeping with the Marist essence (humility, simplicity, modesty) acquires a penitential character, signing its adhesion to the Greater Board of Brotherhoods and Brotherhoods of Alicante in the year 1992 itself.

 

From this moment, a large Governing Board formed mainly by parents of students, former students and supporters, begins the difficult task of starting a Brotherhood of Holy Week, designing the clothing, the shield or the objects and processional belongings, commissioning the sculptor and sculptor from Alicante D. Remigio Soler, a step that symbolized the proper name of the brotherhood. Soler captures the spirit of the new brotherhood and creates an iconographic set of great beauty and unique color made up of five images. The set is made up of five figures that represent the moment that religious literature expresses with the Latin words "Stabat Mater lacrimosa, iusta crucen lacrimosa" ("The painful Mother was at the foot of the cross").

 

As the school was far from the center of the city, it was decided to start the procession from the parish of Nuestra Señora de Gracia, because it was also the parish that had attached the old school located on Avda. De la Estación. In the early years the procession ended in the parish of Ntra. Sra. De Gracia, but today it does so in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

 

In 2019 the Brotherhood commissioned the Alicante image maker Ramón Cuenca Santos with the image of a full-carved Dolorosa, stewed and painted in oil. Due to the cancellation of the acts and processional parades of the year 2020, the image will be blessed in Lent of the year 2021, where it will make its first Station of Penance, passing the Brotherhood from having a single step, to having two.

 

Musical contribution to Holy Week:

  • Stabat Mater • Ildefonso San Cristóbal. March dedicated to the Brotherhood of the same name and the Marist College. Released on March 22, 1994
  • Cristo de la Caña • Ildefonso San Cristóbal. “Funeral march. To Joaquín in memoriam”. Score dated December 25, 2004. Composed in Biar.

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