Festa dell’Immacolata

December 9, 2012

Yesterday was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It’s a quiet celebration in the village. A line of faithful (mostly women) wend their way over the cobbles with candles, up and down hills, chanting Ave Maria, piena di grazia…, winding up at the Chiesa San Francesco all’Immacolata.

Poster of Virgin Mary in Sicily for Festa dell'Immacolata, copyright Jann Huizenga

Festa dell'Immacolata in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Festa dell'Immacolata in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

I was not raised Catholic, but I’m intrigued by the mystery and ceremony.

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