Procession of Silence
Holy Thursday Night


An intimate and austere Procession, in which all the lights go out as the Procession passes, while the noise and conversations of life in the city cease completely. Preceded by the two very long rows of the Tercio of Nazarenes dressed in black, with lighted candles, the Santísimo Cristo de la Agonia parades on his throne, accompanied by an out of tune drum and by a small violin orchestra, which interprets pieces of classical music such as Mozart's Nocturnal Serenade, Bach's Aria from the Suite in D or Albinoni's Adagio. Upon arrival at the square, the Paso will advance between the two rows of Nazarenes, who are waiting kneeling on the ground, until it re-enters the Basilica of the Assumption.


An aesthetic proposal with its own profiles, intensely romantic, characterizes the Procession of Silence in Cieza, deservedly considered one of the highlights of Holy Week.

The peculiar staging, with that absolute darkness and that silence only broken by the sweet violin music that accompanies the Christ, is extraordinarily seductive for the public that rightly captivated Don Ramón Sánchez Parra to the point that, in 1943, He reproduced it in Murcia in its verbatim, with the Brotherhood of the Santísimo Cristo del Refugio.

Although the entire Procession is intimate and edifying, attendance at two fundamental moments for very different reasons is unavoidable for any visitor. The departure of the Christ will be preceded by the progressive arrival at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento of an endless number of people who will fill it absolutely before, at twelve o'clock at night, everything is left in the dark and the door of the Church is opened so that the Nazarenes of the Brotherhood make their way through the crowd. As soon as the Blessed appears on the threshold. Christ of Agony, one of the works of absolute mastery of the great sculptor González Moreno (1941), the shadow of the Cross will begin to climb up the façade of the Basilica of the Assumption.

On the other hand, the entrance is also shocking, because, although it happens well into the morning, there are hundreds of people who do not want to miss the arrival of the Brotherhood in the Plaza and the exciting moment in which the Nazarenes kneel to let it pass. the Christ among them, always lulled to sleep by the music of violins, until retiring in the Basilica.

That this Procession becomes possible and keeps its spirit intact is due not only to the commitment of the Brotherhood, but to that of the entire town, firstly because of the spectacular silence that presides over the parade, and, secondly and almost more importantly, because Although the municipal authorities collaborate by turning off public lighting, there is not a single home with the light on, not a single business that has forgotten, at closing time, that the Lord of Agony passes by that night and everything must be turned off.


Capilla del Santísimo Cristo de la Agonía, Plaza Mayor, Cid, La Parra, Rincón de los Pinos, Pinos, Larga, Buitragos, San Sebastián, Esquina del Convento, Mesones, Cadenas, Barco, La Hoz, Plaza Mayor and Capilla del Santísimo Cristo de la Agonía.