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Old Goa to have unique procession on Good Friday

Hundreds of devotees from the surrounding villages are expected to throng to Old Goa to witness the procession.

 
Old Goa: 

On the occasion of Good Friday, Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa will today lead a unique procession leading to the Se Cathedral, where the services will commence.

Hundreds of devotees from the surrounding villages are expected to throng to Old Goa to witness the procession, popularly known at 'Xempdeanchem Pursanv'.

Six canons attired in black robes, faces covered and with tails attached behind their robes, participate in this procession in which the life-sized statue of Jesus laid in the coffin is carried on the shoulders by members of the confraria.

According to canon Fr. Saturnino Dias, 'Xempdeanchem Pursanv' dates back to the year 1534, when Pope Paul III raised the former church to the status of Se Cathedral.

"Goa is the only place in the world after Rome where such a procession is held on Good Friday," said Dias.

Presently based at the Se Cathedral, Dias is the former secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) and executive secretary of the Evangelization Federation of Asian Bishops Conference.


Source: Times of India

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