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Ash Wednesday

February 23, 2012
burning of palm leaves outside main church in Puerto de la Cruz

burning of palm leaves outside main church in Puerto de la Cruz

Shrove Tuesday palm leaves burnt outside the church for the ash.

Wednesday mass, people daubed with ash on their foreheads in the shape of a cross.

I have though to admit being slighly baffled.

I am the last one to know the church timetable, but …

Last year palm leaves burnt on what I thought was Palm Sunday.

Quema de Palmitos

What I thought was Ash Wednesday was not, or at least a different day to what people told me was Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday

Does this mean it is different in Puerto de la Cruz? Does this mean was not Ash Wednesday, is celebrated twice, or is not Ash Wednesday?

It takes place during La Carnaval. On this day, funeral of the sardine. An effigy of a sardine is carried through the town to be burnt on a funeral pyre in the harbour. The girls are dressed in black, white faces, pose of white flowers and wail.

The Sixteen – Miserere Mei Deus – Allegri

November 27, 2011

Miserere, full name “Miserere mei, Deus” (trans: “Have mercy on me, O God”) by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri, is a setting of Psalm 51 (Greek numbering: Psalm 50), it begins Have mercy on me, O God, composed during the reign of Pope Urban VIII, probably during the 1630s, for use in the Sistine Chapel during matins, as part of the exclusive Tenebrae service on Wednesday and Friday of Holy Week. The service would start usually around 3am, and during the ritual, candles would be extinguished, one by one, until one remained alight and hidden. Allegri composed his setting of the Miserere for the final act within the first lesson of the Tenebrae service. Ash Wednesday marking Christ’s return to Jerusalem.

Miserere mei, Deus: secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.
Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam.
Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me.
Quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognosco: et peccatum meum contra me est semper.
Tibi soli peccavi, et malum coram te feci: ut justificeris in sermonibus tuis, et vincas cum judicaris.
Ecce enim in iniquitatibus conceptus sum: et in peccatis concepit me mater mea.
Ecce enim veritatem dilexisti: incerta et occulta sapientiae tuae manifestasti mihi.
Asperges me hysopo, et mundabor: lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.
Auditui meo dabis gaudium et laetitiam: et exsultabunt ossa humiliata.
Averte faciem tuam a peccatis meis: et omnes iniquitates meas dele.
Cor mundum crea in me, Deus: et spiritum rectum innova in visceribus meis.
Ne proiicias me a facie tua: et spiritum sanctum tuum ne auferas a me.
Redde mihi laetitiam salutaris tui: et spiritu principali confirma me.
Docebo iniquos vias tuas: et impii ad te convertentur.
Libera me de sanguinibus, Deus, Deus salutis meae: et exsultabit lingua mea justitiam tuam.
Domine, labia mea aperies: et os meum annuntiabit laudem tuam.
Quoniam si voluisses sacrificium, dedissem utique: holocaustis non delectaberis.
Sacrificium Deo spiritus contribulatus: cor contritum, et humiliatum, Deus, non despicies.
Benigne fac, Domine, in bona voluntate tua Sion: ut aedificentur muri Ierusalem.
Tunc acceptabis sacrificium justitiae, oblationes, et holocausta: tunc imponent super altare tuum vitulos.

Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652), an Italian composer of the Roman School, priest and singer, and brother of Domenico Allegri. He is best known for Miserere mei, Deus, a setting of Vulgate Psalm 50 (Greek Psalm 51), written for two choirs, one of five voices and the other of four voices.

Performed by early music group The Sixteen, founded and directed by Harry Christophers.

Music of indescribable beauty, almost unbearable to listen to.

Sacred Music: The Story of Allegri’s Miserere
St James Cathedral – Victoria – The Sixteen
Hail, Mother of the Redeemer

Ash Wednesday

March 9, 2011

Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return. — Genesis 3:19

Today is Ash Wednesday. It is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days (40 days not counting Sundays) before Easter.

On Ash Wednesday ash crosses are placed on the forehead.

A day of repentance.

En la misa en Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia en la Plaza de Iglesia en Puerto de la Cruz en Tenerife, the ash from Quema de Palmitos, when the palm leaves were burned on Palm Sunday, was used.

The priest daubed on each forehead the ash in the shape of a cross, though when I looked it looked liked he had simply daubed the ash with his thumb, but watching carefully, I saw he did make the sign of the cross.

Later, I was asked had I had an accident, it was thought I had fallen and hit my head!

That evening in Puerto de la Cruz was the Funeral of the Sardine. A sardine is paraded through the town accompanied by mourners dressed in black, their faces daubed white and carrying a small posy of flowers. Much wailing.

The sardine burned on a funeral pyre in the harbour.