Photo Courtesy of Cabrini
Fri, April 22, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: In a Fellini-esque moment that captures the rich Italian heritage of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn’s oldest Italian Catholic parish, established by immigrants in 1882, keeps its faith and culture alive with an annual candle-lit Good Friday procession, replete with Italian funeral band and traditional hymns, re-enacting the last steps of Christ.
There’s a different feel in the neighborhood on this day when hundreds of Italian-American Catholics from the region–from Jersey and Staten Island and Bensonhurst, mostly–return to Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Church on Summit St. at Hicks to solemnly process through the streets of Carroll Gardens, marking the holy day.
An Italian prayer service precedes the procession, which will wind its way through the neighborhood. Good Friday is the day Catholics believe Jesus Christ suffered and was crucified. The Good Friday Procession, which has its roots in the small towns of Italy, recalls that historic day with symbolic statuary representing Jesus and Mary and women and children who re-enact the last steps of Christ to his tomb.
You might be new and from parts flung across the globe, but this is a chance to pay respect and celebrate the Italians that had much to do with what we all love about South Brooklyn today.
The statuary symbolizing both the Body of Christ and Mary the Mother of Jesus, under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows, have been used in the parish procession for 60 years. The Congregation of Our Lady of Sorrows which is made up of members from the town of Mola in Bari Italy. The two figures are carried on the shoulders of the faithful accompanied by singing and music as they pass through the crowded streets. In conclusion, the bearers that carry the statuary through the streets re-enact the death of Christ by having the coffin of Jesus met at the feet of Mary three times before returning into Church.
Begins & Ends at
Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Church
125 Summit Street