PRESENTACIÓ WEB

WEB PRESENTATION

It is a pleasure to welcome you to this webpage, which Mysteries from Olesa Collective has made possible for Easter.

Christian Communities celebrate the Passion, Death and Christ’s resurrection  Mystery; these celebrations are the centre in the liturgical year.

But, besides the Easter celebrations, in our city, a bunch of popular religious pilgrimages called “the Mysteries” are lived. Especially, Good Thursday and Friday Evenings because a series of sculptures (pasos) are exposed in several neighbourhoods; these represent different moments of the Passion and Death of Jesus. Some years ago, many people were afraid of the influence that society and culture passion. Thanks to God, this has not happened in Olesa de Montserrat.

The popular religious processions provoke very strong emotions in the people who attend them, founded bodily in silences, rhythm, music and prayer at the heart of the processions.

These processions, pilgrimages or images, help everybody remember the most important fact in the Salvation history. Getting steeped in faith and prayer can help us be better people and, therefore better Christians.  When we visit these processions, it is precise to pray in harmony with Jesus and with all the Christian Community indefinitely with all Olesa de Montserrat, who, loyal to its traditions, has made possible that this nice tradition of “planting” the Mysteries arrives so far  so that they can be visited by all Olesa de Monserrat citizens and people who visit us these days.



Mossèn Esteve Fernández
Rector d'Olesa

ORIGEN DELS MISTERIS D'OLESA DE MONTSERRAT

The tradition of the so popular “Mysteries”  starts to be documented towards  the end of XVII  and along XVIII centuries, although its origin may be later.
As Dr R. Casajona mentioned in “Vida Olesana” in 1931, “… it is not known the real date when this popular devotion began…”
Both Holy Christ disappeared from Ca La Pellera, from XV and XVI centuries were the most antique images related to this tradition, which had its most progress in the baroque times thanks to the Foundation, in 1694, of the  Congregació dels Dolors, which along XVIII century was in charge of the old Brotherhood of Saint Christ.
During this period, the important whole of Saint Sepulchre, the carving of Puigjaner Family – which in 1916 it was sent to the Diocesan Museum of the Seminary and later, in 1936, disappeared- and the Pieta from Carreras family.
At the beginning of the last century a new upturn was caused, thanks to the restoration of the most valuable Mysteries and the replacement of others by better quality carvings, as the whole in Amargura Street, carved between 1881 and 1901.
During the 1936 war, this heritage was destroyed, only some elements remained, as the marvellous baroque angels of the Saint Sepulchre. However, once the war was ended, the neighbourhoods and Brotherhoods ordered their corresponding images. From then, the carvings from Josep M. Camps Arnau stand out.
The year 1969, due to the new guidelines passed in the II Vatican Council and also by the decision taken by some priests in  Barcelona diocese, Parish Priest Jaume Serrano was among them, our Misteries stopped being exposed to the public, as well as processions stopped in our city, the one for Easter time; they all were out of sight for two long decades. 



MISTERIS

Solitude of Maria at the Stations of the Cross

Solitude of Maria at the Stations of the Cross These images represent the different Stations on Jesus Christ’s Cross. They are images from Olot school but the authors are unknown. It can be visited on Holy Thursdays and Friday in 24, Argelines Street.

God ‘s mother of the Pains

God ‘s mother of the Pains A carving which represents the Virgin transformed by the pain. Its author is Joseph. M. Camps i Arnau (Barcelone, 1879-1968). It can be visited on Holy Thursday and Friday in 21, Nova Square (Santa María Parish).

Col·lectiu Misteris d'Olesa de Montserrat RUTA DELS MISTERIS

One of our town’s most deeply rooted traditions is the Mysteries’ exposition, eleven displays which represent moments of the life and death of Jesus Christ, and which in Holy Thursday and Holy Friday are exposed in different houses and spots of the village.

The route pretends to be a kind of walk, pilgrimage or reverse procession, where those who move are the people, while the figures of the popular “Misteris” rest unmoved, static.

This old tradition wants to extend abroad and attract more foreign visitors. For that reason the “Misteris’ route” has been implanted, in order to permit both inhabitants and foreign visitors, who don’t know the tradition, can visit the displays, while doing a tour which, runs mainly among the village historic centre.

The proposed itinerary is a gratifying experience for those interested in monuments, art, religion…, because the visitor would admire a series of images and sculptural sets which are part of our cultural and historic heritage.

So, guided tours have been arranged on Holy Thursday and Holy Friday on the following timetables:

Holy Thursday: 17.00 h

Holy Friday: 11.00 h, 16.00 h, 18.00 h

The route starts in plaça Fèlix Figueras (in front of the Town Hall). Previous registration is required calling 653 80 72 31 (ask for Sílvia)

 

1. Judas’ betrial, c/ Colon, 149, in the Hospital’s Chapel.

2. The Piety, c/ Clota, 30, Molí d’Oli

3. Ecce Homo, c/ Església, 32, Ca l’Escossi

4. Calvary’s path, c/ Ample, 39, Cal Pel·la

5. The flagellation, c/ Creu Real, 18, Cal Puigjaner

6. Praying in the Orchyard, c/ Santa Oliva, 34, Convent de les Monges Paüles

7. Saint Christ, plaça Nova, 21 Parròquia Santa Maria

8. God’s mother of the Pains, plaça Nova, 21 Parròquia Santa Maria

9. The Saint Sepulchre, c/ Forn 2, Ca la Planxadora

10. The Solitude, c/ Argelines, 24

11. The Saint Christ od the Agony, c/ Indùstria, Sant Salvador’s Church