5 pm - 8:30 pm
Image above: Sacred Hearts and St. Stephen Church Virgin of Sorrows procession in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, photo by Kay Turner
Join BAC folklorist Kay Turner for the annual Italian Catholic Sacred Hearts and St. Stephen Church Virgin of Sorrows Procession re-enacting Mary's mourning of the dead Christ. 20 participant limit *$25/person (includes dinner)
This event is filled to capacity
Good Friday, the day of Christ?s death in the Christian faith, is a day of sorrow and mourning. This day, one of the most important in the Christian calendar, is commemorated in folk religious practices around the world. For over 100 years in Brooklyn, the Sacred Hearts and St. Stephen Church has held an annual Good Friday street procession re-enacting Mary's mourning of the dead Christ. This Carroll Gardens community hails from southern Italy?many from Bari?and when they came here at the turn of the 20th century, they brought the Barese procession custom with them. A life-size statue of Mary as the Mother of Sorrows, wearing mourning black, is walked through the parish streets by church members accompanied by a dirge band, singers, and other dramatis personae. The sacred walk tells the story of Mary?s search for, and ultimate reunion with her lost child.
BAC folklorist Kay Turner, who has studied this tradition for many years, will lead a group in learning about and respectfully participating in the procession. We?ll meet for an early dinner first, where Kay will give a brief lecture on the history and meaning of the procession. Meeting place to be announced to those who register.
Days of the Dead in Brooklyn is made possible with major support from National Endowment for the Arts, Con Edison, and NYS Tribute Foundation. BAC Folk Feet traditional dance programs are supported by Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and The New York Community Trust.
Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Delegations of the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York City Council and its Brooklyn Delegation.