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San Sebastian

 

January 20

The party felt by most religious aces is the patron saint of the city San Sebastian Martyr. The cult of the Holy centurion has its roots in the ‘400, when the terrible disease of the plague struck entire populations. Even Acireale was badly hit by the contagious disease and so it was that the people turned to San Sebastian to pray for one healing.

San Sebastian was born in Narbonne, France. It was a Roman legionary under Diocletian and Maximilian, hidden from the Christian faith. Just discovered this, he was sentenced before the trafizione by arrows.
Legend has it that at night some Christians visited the site to bury him. Noticing that he was still miraculously alive, a noblewoman named Irene helped him and received him in his palace on the Palatine. Regained health, rather than follow the call of Christians to leave Rome for having saved his life, he decided to publicly declare his faith in Christ. He was killed, probably in the late third century. and the beginning of the fourth century. by scourging hippodrome of the Palatine and his body thrown into a sewer.

The opening of the festivities you have on 1 January and then get to 16-17-18 with evenings of solemn Triduum and 19 evening, the eve of the feast. Before the Mass you make a small procession of the relics of the saint. After returning to the church celebrates the Holy Mass. Later, around 22:00 are played “seven calls.” On the 20th day of the festival the church is open to 5:30 in the morning. Then, starting from 6:15, Holy Masses of Devotees, Messe devoted mainly to the preparation of the latter to the party. At about 7:15 cease masses. At about 7:20, enter the Basilica Devotees shouting loudly in the Sicilian language sentences. Then, at about 7:30, the most moving moment: the opening of the chapel by the Dean of the Basilica. Later, the Carriage (Vara, in dialect) is bolted to the eighteenth-century wooden machine, also eighteenth century (the “Bayard”, restored and reinforced over the centuries). In the end, at eleven o’clock, the delivery of the Holy City.

Like all religious festivals, even to San Sebastian has the Eighth: eight days after the party, the evening of January 27, San Sebastian is exposed to the city, makes one revolution of the square, and then returned to the Basilica.

To remember two other stages of the procession features: 16 to the stop in front of the old Holy Acireale station to greet the passage of a train, re-enactment of an event of the first World War. Around 22 Viale Regina Margherita spectacular fireworks light up the sky of twinkling colori.La religious festival more felt by aces is the patron saint of the city San Sebastian Martyr. The cult of the Holy centurion has its roots in the ‘400, when the terrible disease of the plague struck entire populations. Even Acireale was badly hit by the contagious disease and so it was that the people turned to San Sebastian to pray for one healing.