[Deep Inhale] Real Illustre y Fervorosa Hermandad del Santísimo Sacramento y Archicofradia de Nazarenos de la Sagrada Expiración de nuestro Señor Jesucristo y María Santísima de las Aguas

One of the nearby brotherhoods, officially known as the “Real Illustre y Fervorosa Hermandad del Santisimo Sacramento y Archicofradia de Nazarenos de la Sagrada Expiración de nuestro Señor Jescucristo y María Santísima de las Aguas,” more readily known as “Hermandad del Museo” (or the “Museum Brotherhood”) has its Cruz de Mayo events this weekend. The Cruces de Mayo are the “May Crosses,” of which there are a number around the city. They appear to be an outgrowth of the pagan ritual of the Maypole. There are small processions and special events throughout the month.


Last night the Museum Brotherhood hosted a fund-raiser, concert, and dinner in the plaza in front of their chapel and meeting hall, which is next door to the Museum of Fine Arts. This evening, there will be a mini-procession and presentations involving children of the members of the Brotherhood.



Last night’s concert performance was by the Banda del Sol (Band of the Sun) from the musical association “Nuestra Señora del Sol” (Our Lady of the Sun). It was pasodoble music, which is marching music — John Philip Sousa, Spanish style. The band is well-known here but, unless there’s a parade along with it, marching music is not my cup of tea or, in this case, my glass of sangria.


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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  1. I love scratching Catholicism to find the pagan underpinnings. I read history and boo into the book (OK, mentally not verbally) every time another Roman library was burned or a great and famous temple was dismantled to build a church. We lost so much knowledge and fantastic architecture in the suppression of the Greco-Roman culture. There's something so wonderful about the Mediterranean acceptance of the human need for revelry, sensuality, joyous excess –and, yes, sex — as a legitimate part of life!

    1. Will:
      It is fascinating to find the pagan roots in so much.

      My 10 months here in Sevilla has changed my understanding of American culture. It's been a very enlightening time.

  2. Love love love all the pageantry, though I agree bout the marching tunes
    And a glass of sangria would certainly help.

    1. Bob:
      I never much liked sangria when it was big in the '70s, but I had a couple of glasses here a couple of months ago and it was much better than I thought. I would have needed quite a few to enjoy the music.

    1. Chris:
      No wonder they go by Hermandad del Museo (or just Del Museo)!

      There were stuffed animals, mini ping pong and billiards, checker sets, toy race cars, water pistols… and then there were polo shirts, neck ties, tote bags, costume jewelry. It was all very exciting.

  3. Sounds a little like the 'Salvation Army' bands around Christmas time……tinny!
    The flowered cross is really something else! The Spanish sure love to display their religious beliefs publicly….so unlike North Americans who keep it very private.
    Never a dull moment in the 'hood' Mitch!

    1. Jim:
      I have to give the band credit for sounding much better live than on the video. They really are very good… if you like that sort of music.

      Yes, they certainly display their religious traditions in much more public ways here than in the States. But, my legal rights are not challenged as a result of someone else's religious beliefs nor am I publicly insulted by politicians, so I can be more objective (and less defensive) about religion. Besides, I love a parade!

  4. They have "block parties" almost every day, don't they? It is not surprising that people are happier in Europe…they take the time to get together, have outdoor meals, or parties. Gee, I miss Europe.


  5. THe Catholic Church is one big "If you can't squash'em, then incorporate them" I rather like all the pagan roots in the religion. It makes sense from a Jungian point of view; sensible not hypocritical to do.

  6. Good gravy, Sir! The church certainly lays on enough events to keep her subjects busy in Seville! What are they doing elsewhere while they distract you all with these festivals? 😉

    1. The Owl Wood:
      I know the nuns bake Christmas goodies. I think the rest of the time they're all supposed to be feeding the poor and doing good works. Here's hoping. (Maybe I'll stay behind during the next event and do some spying.)

    1. Jenners:
      The museum wisely is simply Museo de las Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts). It's the brotherhood that has the highfalutin name. (But it would still work.)

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