Being Catholic in Siena: One Procession and a Church

Posters like this one announced the week ahead, an Octave of celebration beginning with Sunday afternoon’s procession from the church of Santa Maria di Provenzano to the city’s great Duomo

We had attended Mass at a side altar of the Duomo on Friday, a celebration with a couple dozen worshippers. Except for the priest, a dapper 50-something WHO SAID MASS WITH HIS BACK TO US, we were the only ones under 70. One of the benefits of attending Mass: free admission to the Duomo. We were hurried out by guards immediately afterwards, however; and of course there is NO PHOTOGRAPHY. AT ALL. ANYWHERE INSIDE.

It goes without saying, then, that getting in free and being able to ignore the “No Photos” signs were among our motives for attending Sunday’s festa.

The interior of the Duomo mirrors the travertine stripes on the exterior.

Entering the great church — old men and their drums (below).
Also notable are the ubiquitous BLACK and WHITE: they are the colors of all Dominicans, of Catherine, the city’s great Doctor of the Church, and of the city of Siena herself.

After settling the statue on steps leading up to the high altar, it was the young men who lead the procession out of the Duomo.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen Maddix
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 16:42:06

    I certainly am getting a history lesson as I read your blog! Keep it up.



  2. fgassette
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 16:57:38

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful occasion with us.




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