Holy Wednesday is synonymous with unequalled traditions. In fact, some of the traditions that have made Málaga’s Holy Week to be famous, take place on this day. In the very same day, the oldest brotherhood of the city, The Sangre, will parade together with the last one to join the association: Hermandad de la Mediadora de la Salvación.
5:15 PM Cofradías Fusionadas depart from the church of San Juan.
6:30 PM The Mediadora de la Salvación enters in Alameda avenue.
7:10 PM Salesians go through the Alameda Principal.
8:00 PM The Virgen de la Paloma passes by La Tribuna de los Pobres (the Rostrum of the Poor).
8:00 PM The Rich releases the prisoner in the square plaza del Obispo.
10:15 PM The Sangre passes by Atarazanas.
11:30 PM La Expiración
departs from the church of San Pedro
What is… THE RELEASE OF THE PRISONER?
In 1759, during an epidemic of plague, the prisoners escaped from the prison to take in procession the image of Jesús el Rico. When the parade ended, they returned to the jail and the plague began to ease. Carlos III then enacted a decree giving this image the privilege to release a prisoner each Holy Wednesday. This privilege will be renewed today in the plaza del Obispo (Bishop’s square). This legend gained fame with the film ‘Whom God forgives’ (‘Amanecer en Puerta Oscura’), performed in 1957 by a young Francisco Rabal.
Pay attention to the image of Berruguita executioner, one of the soldiers that dragged the Lord from Cedrón Bridge and that it is reputed to be the ugliest character of Holy Week in Málaga. Neither should you miss the flight of the hundreds of pigeons that hover around the Virgen de la Paloma, which received this name after that a pigeon sheltered in their hands during the entire tour in 1925.
Something that is very typical of these days is to go round the bars to eat tapas between procession and procession.
Let’s take chance the day of today, when almost all the brotherhoods depart from an environment more or less reduced, for this purpose. Let’s try the cod omelette, the marinade dogfish, the porra antequerana (a kind of gazpacho typical from the village named Antequera)… there is plenty to choose from.