Piano di Sorrento, the Madonna delle Grazie and Piazza Cota: a necessary cease – Church is My Approach
Piano di Sorrento. On Sunday 3 July, after two years of obligatory detention because of the pandemic, the procession of the Madonna delle Grazie of Marina di Cassano return to the town streets. Some of the anticipated moments was that of cease of the Marian statue in Piazza Cota, a neighborhood second and a blessing to the town. This yr, nonetheless, once more resulting from Covid, the procession route doesn’t embody any stops. And even the one in Piazza Cota will leap, as he writes Michele Gargiulo Prior of the Archconfraternity Demise and Prayer: «In accordance with the group of the Procession of the Madonna delle Grazie, which is able to happen on Sunday 3 July and which for this yr doesn’t embody stops, it was thought of acceptable to not arrange the normal altar in Piazza Cota. This painful resolution is a method to higher assure the passage to the sq. and take a look at, so far as doable, to keep away from additional alternatives for gathering ».
He intervenes on the topic Domenico Cinquewho has all the time been a lover of Carottese traditions, who writes as follows: «I learn now of the unhappy affirmation that this yr the Procession of the Navy won’t cease in Piazza Cotaunhappy as a result of that cease, in contrast to the others that usually makes through the journey, has a really specific which means in addition to a sensible utility.
The sensible utility is to permit, particularly for the little ones, to drink a sip of water and fulfill different wants earlier than resuming the journey and with the anticipated warmth it could be essential. However it is a secondary, albeit essential, facet.
We come now to the primary facet. Has anybody ever puzzled why so many Carottesi go to Piazza Cota early within the morning to await the arrival of the Madonna delle Grazie after they may simply see the procession from their dwelling? I imagine that unconsciously everyone knows a reality that’s usually withheld. The true Patroness of Piano di Sorrento is the Madonna delle Grazie! No, it’s not a fantasy, it’s the historic reality. Let’s begin from the start. As all of us sadly know, the procession of San Michele is organized each 25 years, but it surely was not all the time the case and to verify it it could be sufficient to leaf by means of Piano’s historic photograph books. Intrigued by this circumstance, I attempted to search out in and out 2008 two lovers of native historical past, met individually, informed me the identical story in regards to the start of this cadenza in such lengthy releases. In keeping with them, all of it originated not within the mists of time however within the early Sixties. It will appear that the diocese on the time had imposed just one “patronal” procession per parish to be added to Corpus Domini and to these of Holy Week and the clergy of the time had determined to favor the procession of the Madonna delle Grazie in Marina di Cassano as an alternative of that of San Michele granting it the privileges of a “patronal procession”.
So the cease of the procession in Piazza Cota isn’t one of many many stops on the route however it’s the historically and traditionally most vital second of the whole procession. The cease in the primary sq. of the city is the second when the Madonna delle Grazie, as patron saint of Piano, blesses the whole territory, with out that pause nothing is sensible.
One other thriller is the explanation for the missed cease. Formally it’s claimed that it serves to keep away from gatherings. Effectively, the procession through which the Madonna went as much as the Hills per week in the past frequently made the normal cease on the belvedere, wasn’t there the issue of gathering there? Each night there are occasions at Villa Fondi, is there not an issue of gathering there too? Why are occasions linked to custom all the time discriminated in opposition to? After which from whom did this absurd prohibition begin? Whoever research our historical past and our traditions higher, solely on this manner will they be capable of totally perceive the which means of these couple of minutes in Piazza Cota so awaited by all of us.
Who can, Mayor, Councilor for Tradition, Councilor for Traditions intervene IMMEDIATELY and save these couple of minutes through which historical past is mixed with religion and custom, through which a complete individuals awaits to greet the Madonna delle Grazie within the symbolic sq. of Piano. If these couple of minutes should not tradition and custom, what’s it actually? Additionally put together a easy desk (within the sq. there is no such thing as a scarcity of tables as of late) with flowers and an amplification and permit the normal blessing. Thanks prematurely on behalf of all of the Carottesi for what you’ll do ».