Real Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de Gracia y Esperanza

Foundation year: 1975
Anderos: 115. Nazarenos: 153.
Children: 136. Collaborators: 115.


The history of this Brotherhood begins in April 1974, when a group of young people called "Brotherhood of Youth", all of them catechists from the Asunción and San Joaquín Parishes, assumed the project of founding a new Brotherhood for the Ciezana Holy Week whose most notable characteristic will be its marked devotional character towards the Virgin Mary.

With the name of the Brotherhood of Nuestra Señora de Gracia y Esperanza, and the nickname of Hijos de María, the same one that was held at the beginning of the 20th century by a congregation, the Hijas de María, linked to the Convent of San Joaquín and San Pascual but with no other In early 1975, the rules by which the new Brotherhood would be governed were definitively drawn up, constituting the first Board of Directors under the mandate of D. Ramón García Gómez, who would be succeeded in time by D. Francisco José Marín Fernández , Mr. Francisco Marín Fernández, Mr. Juan Antonio Angostos Morcillo, Mr. Juan Villalba Villa, Mr. José Antonio Alba Gómez, Mr. Manuel Sánchez Sánchez, Mr. José Ortiz Martínez, Mrs. María Ginesa Martínez Villa and, since 2011, Mr. Rafael Marin Pino.

From its beginnings and until her death, Ms. Isabelita Gómez Molina and Ms. Carmen Molina Pérez were Waitresses of the Brotherhood. The latter, during the first years of existence of the Brotherhood, hosted the meetings of the Brotherhood in its house on San Sebastián street and gave them a "garage" so that the throne of the titular could be built there, in addition to rooms and dependencies of his own house to establish the workshop of the Brotherhood; she likewise kept her Image for which she personally made numerous garments: cloaks, suits, tunics and even the canopy of the throne itself.

The economic resources were so scarce that many of the essential works for the manufacture of the processional equipment were carried out by the Brotherhood themselves: the goldsmithing of the throne of its holder, the crown of the Virgin, the embroideries..., a trade that, above everything in what refers to the arrangement of the mantle of the Virgin for the Procession of Holy Thursday, has become traditional in the Brotherhood; In this way, the cloak, always made with natural flowers, offers a new and more spectacular design year after year, having even held a contest on occasion to decide the same.

The invocation of its owner is not entirely unknown, given that in 1859 a primitive Image of Our Lady of Solitude, which from that date and probably until the end of the 19th century participated in the Procession of the Risen One, was renamed Virgen de Gracia.

The Image of Our Lady of Grace and Hope was commissioned by D. Antonio Padilla in order to be venerated in a particular way with the invocation of the Virgin of the Rosary and was made between 1920 and 1923 in Madrid by the sculptor Manuel Carrillo García from Ciez.

At the end of the Civil War, the family of D. Antonio gave the Clarisas Mothers the Image to be kept in the Convent, where it remained anonymous, until the nuns, who had been commissioned to embroider the banner of the Brotherhood, had knowledge that she had commissioned an Image with similar characteristics to the one they were guarding and offered it to her. The Image was restored in 1978 by the son of its author, the also sculptor Manuel Juan Carrillo Marco, and the first tears of the same were made and applied by Mª Encarna Sandoval; later D Carmen Carillo, granddaughter of the author, made the feet of the Image and its base free of charge.

Once the Brotherhood was established (on June 23, 1975), which very soon became popularly known as the "Sons of Mary", the Image was kept in the house of its chambermaid, until in 1985 when the Murcian sculptor Antonio García Mengual made its altarpiece in a chapel in the Convent of the Clarisas Nuns, an altarpiece that was blessed by the then Counselor and Spiritual Director of the Brotherhood, D. José Lozano Herrera.

It is precisely from this convent that the Holy Rosary starts, which the Brotherhood has been organizing since 1975 in the month of October with the Image of its owner, who parades those days and since 1997 on a new throne made in the Sevillana Goldsmith workshops, with which he also Its Transfer is made from said convent, which in 2007 went from being carried out on the afternoon of Holy Monday to doing it on the night of the fourth Saturday of Lent.

It was not, however, until the afternoon of Holy Thursday 1976 when the Children of Mary paraded for the first time during Holy Week in Ciez, carrying its Holder, dressed in an embroidered dress and mantle made by Ramón Gómez and José Ayala, both founding brothers. , on a Palio throne made by the Brothers of the Brotherhood themselves. The throne was completed in 2008 with a new set of finery made in the Cordovan workshop of Carmen Checa.

A year later, in 1977, the Brotherhood received notification from the Royal House of Spain of the Royal membership of S.A.R. the Prince of Asturias, D. Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, and of SS.AA.RR. the Infantas Doña Elena and Doña Cristina, respectively, Honorary Elder Brothers and Honorary Chambermaids.

In one more attempt to enrich the Processions of Cieza, the Brotherhood commissioned in 1980 the Paso La Santa Cena that the Murcian sculptor García Mengual delivered in 1981 for its incorporation into the Arrest Procession; a few years later the sculptor himself would enliven the Images of the Apostles that were to wear. The first throne of this Pass, made by the Brothers themselves, was replaced in 1995 by another made in the workshops of the Noguera Brothers in Espinardo (Murcia) by P. Noguera Pastor; It is a golden wooden throne whose only body has been carved with the emblem of the Brotherhood, and different floral and biblical elements, and completed that same year with a new set of finery. The table of El Paso, arranged each year with products from the garden and ciezan gastronomy, was enriched in 2010 with the acquisition of two metal and silver chandeliers in the Sucesores de Francisco Penalva workshops of ciezano.

Since 1991 the Brotherhood has its own House-Museum, built, being President D. Juan Villalba Villa, in the surroundings of the old town of Cieza and the rest of the Brotherhood Houses.

The Nazarenes wear a green velvet tunic, beige table and hood, cincture (1996) to replace the original sash, and since 2002, a medallion-scapular. In 2010, under the presidency of Dª María Ginesa Martínez Villa, the anderos changed what had been their wardrobe (white tunic, green sash, and green and green hat) since the characteristic green jersey uniform of the first years, by another made up of a green velvet tunic with a gold embroidered shield on the chest, a green and gold belt, and a green velvet distemper cap, topped with a gold tassel and the Brotherhood shield on the back. later.

That same year the Brotherhood made its own new wardrobe for the acolytes who participate in the Procession on Holy Thursday afternoon.

Under the presidency of D. Manuel Sánchez Sánchez, the Brotherhood expanded the trousseau of its Holder with three new suits made between 1995 and 2001. Likewise, in 1997 it added to its procession new Tercio lanterns and a guide cross acquired from the Goldsmith workshops Sevillana. Finally, and also carried out by the aforementioned workshops, in the year 2000 the Brotherhood inaugurated a new Sevillian-style throne and canopy for its Holder.

Finally, in 2009 and under the presidency of Mr. José Ortiz, the Brotherhood carried out a Step for its children's Third to participate in the Children's Procession on Holy Saturday, Our Lady of Hope in the Resurrection; It is a dress image made by the young sculptor Antonio Jesús Yuste Navarro from Cieza who processions on a throne built with the base of the old throne of the Rosary of the Brotherhood and pieces of the first throne of its Holder.

Real Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de Gracia y Esperanza
Nuestra Señora de Gracia y Esperanza
Real Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de Gracia y Esperanza
Santa Cena
Real Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de Gracia y Esperanza
Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza en la Resurrección (Paso infantil)