Courtesy and Procession of the Risen One
Easter Sunday Morning


Undoubtedly one of the happiest and most anticipated moments of each Holy Week, a jubilant maremagnum ritual in which the procession explodes and becomes an explosion of color, pasodoble and popular enjoyment. On the morning of Easter Sunday, joy becomes explicit and widespread and we witness the fastest, liveliest and most joyous parade of all those organized in Cieza. Year after year, there is no event or spectacle that elicits a popular response of this magnitude. Thousands and thousands of ciezanos and ciezanas literally carpet the urban space in which this colossal epilogue of Holy Week takes place.


The different steps that participate in the Procession of the Risen Jesus arrive from different points to a common meeting place, the Esquina del Convento, and there they pay homage three times to the image of the Virgin of Beautiful Love, while they fly through the air thousands of candies.


In the parade, everything is party and joy. To the rhythm of pasodobles, the anderos make their images dance until they seem to be alive and as if they were flesh and blood. They make them participants in the joy of the Resurrection, they also revive them, in a processional movement full of rhythm and flavor, unique in Spain.


La Cortesía is held in the heart of the city, in the Plaza de la Esquina del Convento, an open and spacious space that separates the old-historical part of the city from the most modern neighbourhoods. It begins at eleven thirty in the morning and lasts approximately 45 minutes (the Steps leave for La Cortesía at eleven in the morning from the Casa de los Santos, House-Museum of Holy Week in Cieza), understanding that that time includes the entrance of the Steps in the square, the Courtesy itself and the exit of the Steps in Procession (The Procession that follows is organized, according to the established order of Steps, in the same square heading towards the Paseo; and it is very light, since the "Saints" are driven at an ordinary pace, spending approximately an hour to pass before any point on the itinerary, at an average of just over five minutes for each of the ten participating Brotherhoods).


The morning of Resurrection Sunday begins with the parade of the music bands that accompany the pasos that will intervene later in the Procession, thus initiating the joy that will guide the entire day, a morning of true Fiesta where the most central streets of the town (Esquina del Convento, Paseo and Plaza de España) become a hive of people who come to enjoy that popular event with a capital letter that is Courtesy.

Among the Steps involved, in addition to those already mentioned, both the "Risen Jesus", a magnificent creation by Carrillo Marco (1943), and the "The Appearance to Sta. María Magdalena", an extraordinary work by González Moreno (1972) stand out. and that of the "Triumphant Angel", a beautiful and personal creation by Sánchez Lozano (1970), although it cannot be ignored that one of the main attractions of the Procession of the Risen Lord lies in the unsurpassed beauty of seeing the splendid thrones of the hall of "San Juan ”, of “Santa María Magdalena” and of “Santa María Salomé” parading at ordinary pace.

The steps will appear at the corner of the convent of San Joaquín and San Pascual along different itineraries. Once there and after the arrival of the Blessed. Virgen del Amor Hermoso begins the Courtesy: to the sound marked by the banners and scripts of the different Brotherhoods, the step of the Risen Jesus (Carrillo Marco), accompanying the rest of the steps, genuflects three times, as a sign of greeting from the Risen One to his Mother. This moment, perhaps the emotional climax of Holy Week, provokes a spontaneous display of joy among the participants manifested by the rain of candies that floods the Ciezano sky, the beautiful and emotional "Baile de los Santos", measured and rhythmic movements of the walks, to the sound of the numerous pasodobles written for our steps (Los Dormis, La Cortesía, San Juan, Sta. María Salome, El Ángel Triunfante, La Vara, Alegría en el Perdón, etc., all of them written by ciezano composers). A choral act in the full sense, since everything would be an exaggerated and dead show if it did not have the massive participation of the thousands of people who witness it, among cheers, applause and the throwing of candies.

Next, the Procession begins, transferring all the bustle of it to the rest of the streets of the procession. The spectator undoubtedly acquires a leading role in this Procession because the joy, the light, the sound, the aroma that the Procession transmits impregnates him, participating with palms and cheers in the course of the different Brotherhoods.


It takes place at the Esquina del Convento at 11:30. The Steps will access the Plaza in three groups and by three different itineraries: Ángel Triunfante, Jesús Resucitado and Aparición de Jesús a Santa María Magdalena (by the Paseo); Santa María Magdalena, Santa María Salomé, Santa María de Cleofás y La Ascensión (by Mesones); Discípulos de Emaús, San Juan and Santísima Virgen del Amor Hermoso (by San Sebastián).

Esquina del Convento, Paseo, Salvador Seguí, Buen Suceso, Angostos, Tercia, Santo Cristo and Cánovas del Castillo.