Cofradía de La Samaritana

Foundation year: 1953
Anderos: 117. Nazarenos: 82.
Children: 51. Collaborators: 30.


Without being a true passion Paso, the Samaritana is, nevertheless, one of the favorite processional groups in the Spanish Levante and specifically in the Murcian region. In Cieza we have attested its presence, although without its own brotherhood, since the last decades of the 19th century (thus in the chronicle of Holy Week of 1893 in El Orden: "... It continued to be beautifully decorated by the Lady of D. Mariano Marín- Blázquez the passage of the Samaritan, who wore precious bouquets of misshapen flowers, rich jewelry and a profusion of groups of bombs with lights on"), having been able to reach Cieza even earlier, according to the commission book of the Murcian image maker Joaquín Eusebio Baglietto , in which there is a restoration of the Images carried out by said sculptor in the year 1880: "For the restoration of Jesus and the Samaritan woman from the town of Cieza ordered by D. Pedro Martínez bicario of said town and brought by them 600 reales delivered on December 31, 1880.”

The first sculptural group, whose two Images were clothed and had beautiful natural hair, was probably due to the gouge by Sánchez Araciel, who would also have designed the throne, which was built by Master Cañamón and gilded by Pedro Valchs. Already in the 20th century, the Paso appears linked to the family of D. José Parreño Benito and at that time it was customary that in the processions in which he participated (General Procession, then Holy Thursday night, and Procession of the Penitent, Good Friday in the morning) before him paraded a group of girls dressed as the Samaritan woman.

El Paso, which was guarded during the year in the Hermitage of the Holy Christ of Consuelo, participated in the traditional "Bringing of the Saints" from said hermitage, an occasion for which its Waitresses collected the hair of the Image of the Samaritan woman with a pink gauze to prevent it from being covered by dust from the street, as can be seen in some preserved graphic documents.

Like so many others, El Paso was destroyed during the Civil War. The luxurious clothing, which by chance of fate had survived the war, served so that, once it was over, the local sculptor Manuel Juan Carrillo Marco had the exact measurements with which to make a faithful replica of the disappeared group and its corresponding throne by Commissioned by D. José Giménez Ávila and D. José Aroca Martínez, who would parade in our Processions again until 1970. Tradition has it that, looking for water for irrigation in the area of "El Torvedal", these two ciezanos made the promise to carry out said Pass if they found water less than twenty meters away, as they did; in fact, the well that gave them water is still called today “Pozo de la Samaritana” and inside it houses a miniature replica of the Pass.

In 1947 and commissioned by D. Francisco Ibáñez Semitiel, the Sculptor Carrillo himself made a new Image of the Lord, which would parade in place of the other between 1947 and 1951.

Being as it was the only Step that did not have its own Brotherhood, in the year 1953 and chaired by D. Enrique Abellán Semitiel it was constituted, its statutes being approved a year later; and in 1962 the traditional red tunics with white bands were replaced by the current ones of lemon yellow, a color that had been imposed from the beginning in luxury tunics.

In 1970, the images of the master Carrillo were replaced by others carved in wood by Mr. José Luis Planes, son of the famous Murcian sculptor José Planes, very far removed in style from the Salzille canons, and which were recently restored (year 2000) by Javier Bernal Casanova. The primitive throne was too small for Images larger than the previous ones, which led to the fact that in 1980 the Brotherhood commissioned the construction of a new one, baroque in its conception, carved in wood and gilded by Juan Solano, sculptor of Malaga origin but settled in Cieza since 1946. The group will be completed in 2006 with a metal bell holder, but simulating one of the carvings of the throne, in the workshop of the ciezano goldsmith Francisco Penalva.

The blue velvet banner embroidered in fine gold and precious stones in the workshops of the consecrated Cartagena embroiderer Consuelo Escámez, was incorporated into the procession of the Brotherhood in 1972 – its pole would be replaced in 2006 by a new one made of embossed metal with a bath of silver in the Ciudad Real workshops of Orovio de la Torre, as two years later would be the one for the script also in the same workshop and with identical characteristics- and six years later, in 1978, the Brotherhood formed its own Band of bugles and drums.

In 1990, under the presidency of D. José Motos Marín, the Brotherhood acquires its second Step, The Disciples of Emmaus, for the Procession of the Risen Christ on the morning of Easter Sunday; the images of the same are the work of the Murcian sculptor García Mengual and parade on what had been the throne of La Samaritana until 1980, a throne that will be restored by the local artist Bonifacio Pérez Ballesteros in 2002. While for the Procession of the Holy Burial In 1994, the Brotherhood acquired a third Paso, José de Arimathea, made up of a group of four Images carved in wood by the sculptor Francisco Ortega from La Mancha, who a year later will renovate the Images (the last intervention on them was carried out by the restorer Javier Bernal Casanova) and will also hold the throne.

Under the mandate of D. Francisco Morcillo Vázquez, elected President after Holy Week in 1994, the Brotherhood acquired in 1998 for its Tercio de Nazarenes new staffs made in the workshops of the ciezano goldsmith Francisco Penalva.

Since the year 2000, after the unfortunate loss of Mr. Francisco Morcillo Vázquez, his son, Mr. Francisco Morcillo Gil, has replaced him at the head of the Brotherhood. Under his mandate, the Brotherhood renewed the andero costume that same year, recovering the traditional “muco” cap and replacing the old sashes with cingules; A year later, he acquired for his children's Tercio a replica of the Images of his titular Paso, smaller, made by the Moratallero sculptor D. Domingo Blázquez Carrasco and arranged on a throne by José Penalva Morcillo revamped by Bonifacio Pérez Ballesteros; and in 2006 he premiered some new Tercio Lanterns made of embossed and silver-plated metal by the famous Orovio de la Torre de Ciudad Real goldsmith workshop, where that same year new gold-plated powers were also acquired for the Image of the Lord of the La Samaritan Pass.

Finally, in 2002, the Brotherhood requested the award of Paso La Lanzada, whose images will be executed in wood and polychrome by the Murcian sculptor José Antonio Hernández Navarro and will be placed on a throne carved in wood and gilded by the tronista from Ciez, Bonifacio Pérez Ballesteros. , who finished it in 2008, completing the set with a set of velvet finery made by the Sisters of the Brotherhood and parading it for the first time in the Procession of the Penitent on Good Friday morning in 2006, replacing its Head.

Cofradía de La Samaritana
La Lanzada
Cofradía de La Samaritana
La Samaritana
Cofradía de La Samaritana
Los Discípulos de Emaús
Cofradía de La Samaritana
La Samaritana (Paso infantil)
Cofradía de La Samaritana
Santo Entierro