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The Descent of the Angel

This long-standing tradition is already mentioned in 18th century documents. It lives on like other medieval traditions, such as Autos Sacramentales (allegorical religious plays), with which is strikes certain parallels. Despite its unknown origin, the oldest texts to mention the festivity date back to 1799.

The Descent of the Angel, declared a Festivity of Regional Tourist Interest, is staged on Easter Sunday, until midday at Plaza del Coso. When the noise of the fireworks and the bells dies down, the procession begins, with the Virgin draped in a black shroud and accompanied by members of the brotherhood that walk slowly towards Plaza del Coso. In the square, two towers are joined by a rope which the Virgin is placed beneath in the centre. A balloon-like structure appears on the thick rope and a child emerges from within when it reaches the statue of the Virgin. The child is dressed like an angel and removes the Virgin Mary’s black veil, which covers her face on Easter Sunday.

This represents the moment when the child-boy descended from heaven to tell the mourning Virgin that her Son had resurrected.

This performance precedes the encounter of Mother and Child before the Church of San Miguel de Reoyo, where Easter Mass is staged.

Website for Easter in Peñafiel.

 
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