The procession of the Sanch

The procession of the Sanch

This procession of the Holy Friday is a real "human monument" of the popular catalan faith. 

The procession of the Sanch renews each year during the Holy Week an impressive ritual of five centuries old in the streets of the former capitale of the Majorcan Kingdom, Perpignan.  

Created in 1416, the friary of the Sanch was devoted, in its origin, to the help to the sentenced to death. By this time, on the journey they crossed to the place of their execution, the condamned was insulted, slaped, hit by furious crowd. To prevent this battering of violence, men of good will created in an astucious way what could be seen as the first League for the Human Right. They dressed the condamned with a black tunic and a caparutxa. Then, dressed like him, they escorted him along the streets so that the onlookers ignored who was the sentenced to death between all those hooded figures. This first Sanch was acting with a lot of boldness against the habits and customs of the time; against what was considered as normal and legitimate : they demonstrated that we could have respect and consideration to the ones who were banned from society. 

Nowadays, the processionner are still going forward with their throbbing and inspired step under the weight of the "Misteris" (mysteries of the Christ), life-size representations of the scenes of the Passion of the Christ, carrying them to the cathedral.