ON DEMAND • La Settimana Santa: Holy Week and Easter Traditions


La Settimana Santa: Holy Week and Easter Traditions
Presented by Anne Robichaud

In Assisi on Good Friday night, locals and clergy begin La Processione del Cristo Morto, beginning at the Cathedral of San Rufino and following a statue of the Sorrowful Mother to the Basilica di San Francesco, where La Madonna meets her Son.
On Easter Sunday, Umbrians feast (logicamente!) on “Blessed Food” before Mass. A decadent breakfast includes robust red wine; Torta di Pasqua, a savory cheese bread, often topped with homemade salami, prosciutto and/or capocollo;  hard-boiled eggs drizzled with the family’s olive oil and a bit of lemon juice squeezed on top; and sweet cakes with sprinkles. The ingredients used to make these foods are blessed by local priests on Holy Saturday afternoon, making them literally “Blessed Foods.”
This presentation was recorded live from Assisi to explore ancient traditions connected to Holy Week.


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Anne Robichaud received her degrees in both English Literature and Italian Language and Literature from the University of Santa Clara (California) in 1970, after also having completed studies in Italian literature and culture, as well as art history at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy in 1969. She furthered her studies at the University of California, Berkeley in l972, and since 1973 has lived in Italy.

After teaching for two years in Rome, she and her Italian husband, Pino, moved to a mountain area outside of Assisi (Umbria) where they worked the land, raised three children, and began restoring their farmhouse.

Anne has been an authorized Guida Regionale dell’Umbria since 1997. Anne also shares her passione for Umbria – and Italy in general – in her Zoom presentations, her website, and her blog, rich in Italian news.

Anne and her husband also rent lodgings in the Umbria countryside near their farmhouse (built by Pino) and also in Assisi – see www.stayassisi.com

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