Maundy Thursday processions are “Real e Ilustre Esclavitud de N. P. Jesús Nazareno de Medinaceli y María Stma. de la Trinidad” and “Stmo. Cristo Universitario de los Doctrinos y Ntra. Sra. de la Esperanza”, and both will be faced with the University of Alcalá.
Enter fully into the most intense phase of Holy Week in Alcalá de Henares. Discover the events planned for this day:
Events organized by the different brotherhoods
Meeting between the Saint Christ of University Teachers and its mother, the Virgin of Hope.
Hour: About 21:15 h
Place: Lonja de la Universidad Cisneriana. Plaza de San Diego
Organized by: Brotherhood “Stmo. Cristo Universitario de los Doctrinos y Ntra. Sra. de la Esperanza”.
Fourth Musical Offering by the Music Ensamble “Jesús de Medinaceli” of Alcalá de Henares honouring the brotherhood “Stmo. Cristo Universitario de los Doctrinos y a su Madre la Virgen de la Esperanza”
Hour: 12:00 h
Place: Music classroom. C/ De los Colegios nº 10
Organized by: Brotherhood “Real e Ilustre Esclavitud de N. P. Jesús de Medinaceli y María Stma de la Trinidad and Cofradía del Stmo. Cristo Universitario de los Doctrinos y Ntra. Sra. de la Esperanza”
Visit and worship of the Most Holy in the Monument.
Hour: April 17th, Holy Thursday, from 18:00 to 19:30 h.
April 18th, Holy Friday, from 10:00 h. to 17:00 h.
Place: Chapel of “Stmo. Cristo Universitario de los Doctrinos”. C/ De los Colegios nº 9
Organized by: Brotherhood of “Stmo. Cristo Universitario de los Doctrinos y Ntra. Sra. de la Esperanza”.
Lord’s Supper Celebration
6:00 pm at Magisterial Cathedral
Brotherhood of “Real e Ilustre Esclavitud de N. P. Jesús Nazareno de Medinaceli y María Stma. de la Trinidad”
Canonical Venue: Parish of San Bartolomé
Starting: Old College of “San Ciriaco y Santa Paula” (commoners from Málaga). The name is due to its founder, Juan Alonso de Moscoso, who was bishop of such city among others. Founded in 1610, its works can be considered as Madrid’s Baroque-style. Its façade is composed by baseboards and two floors divided by the stone impost of the arches. The central body is placed between two turrets of Herrerian style with stone ashlars on the angles on the two first floors and bricks ones on the upper ones. On the third floor, balconies can be appreciated with a triangulate pediment. The coat of arms of Bishop Moscoso is engraved in it, as well as on the corners of the University.
Historical reference: The brotherhood was founded in 1955 due to their devotion for the Image from Medinaceli. It was the first brotherhood of Alcalá which had its own music band. During almost half century, its canonical venue has been the Cistercian Monastery of S. Bernardo. Currently, its canonical venue is placed in the Parish of San Bartolomé. This brotherhood is the one with the largest number of penitents, around 1.600 slaves. In the commemorative acts of its fifty anniversaries, the Silver Medal of the City was awarded to it.
Float: The Image of “N. P. Jesús Nazareno de Medinaceli” and its throne are works by the maker of religious images Emilio Tudanca while the Image of “María Stma. de la Trinidad” and its throne were made by his son Javier Tudanca. The long poles of the canopy of the Virgin were golden, being one of the few of such characteristic in Spain.
Clothing: Purple habit with yellow cincture around both, neck and waist—characteristic of slavery)—, purple eye shield, white gloves, Trinitarian scapular and slavery flagship.
Starting: At 20:00 h.
Route: Colegio de Málaga (C/ De los Colegios 2); C/ De los Colegios; Plaza Rodríguez Marín; Plaza de Cervantes (lado del Ayuntamiento); C/Bustamante de la Cámara; Plaza de San Diego; C/ San Diego; C/ Azucena; Puerta de Mártires; C/ Libreros; C/ Nebrija; C/ Santiago; C/ Imagen; C/Mayor; Plaza de los Santos Niños; C/ Escritorios; C/ Santa Úrsula; C/ De los Colegios; Colegio de Málaga.
Music Accompaniment: Music ensemble “Jesús de Medinaceli” of Alcalá de Henares.
Brotherhood of “Stmo. Cristo Universitario de los Doctrinos y Ntra. Sra. de la Esperanza”
Canonical Venue: Chapel of Doctrinos. Building constructed in the sixteenth century from the previous building dating from the thirteenth one. This is a building made by brick and rough stones load-bearing walls, following the style of the so-called “sizing from Toledo”—typical from Madrid’s Baroque style. The building is composed by double cells, one of them holding the church—whose base floor is an open nave covered by a fake vault supported by a decorated cornice—and the other homing the sacristy. The transept is separated from the nave by a grill of two leaves, compound by twenty iron bars installed in December in 1721.
Historical Reference: The permission to put in place the brotherhood dates back from September 1st1660. The First Ordinances or Constitutions were written in twelve chapters and were approved by the Council of Government of the Archbishopric of Toledo on March 6th 1661. In 1665, the Pope Alexander VII pointed the feast of the Ascension as the day in which the brotherhood of “Santísimo Cristo de los Doctrinos” would be able to celebrate its procession, awarding Plenary Indulgences to those who visit the sanctuary during the festivities of Holy Cross Day, Nativity of Mary, Feast of the Ascension and Good Friday. In 1945, the image of “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza” is embodied in the brotherhood.
Float: Wood carving of the “Stmo. Cristo Universitario de los Doctrinos”: a Jesuit work by Domingo Beltrán between 1587 and 1590. Sculpted in sateen wood. The hair and the crown of thorns are made of ebony, showing the torture of death and the love in its majesty. The image of “Nuestra Sra. de la Esperanza” carved in wood by the maker of religious images Justo Garrido, from Madrid, was included in the brotherhood in 1945. It goes out in procession on a canopy float with a green gown and golden needlework.
Clothing: Habit from the “Stmo. Cristo Universitario de los Doctrinos”, it means, a black executioner with a white gullet and lace edging, as well as the red colored hood with the coat of arms of Cardinal Cisneros typical from the students of the Golden Age. They also wear a mortarboard topped off with a red pompom and white gloves and the medal of the brotherhood. The procession is made barefaced. In the case of the Image of “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza”, brothers wear a bone-white habit, pleated on the front and figure-hugging thanks to a cincture—a rope of green and golden pompoms. Same color as the habit, the clock is finished off by an olive-green Hood and whose back wears Cardinal Cisneros coat of arms, and white gloves. Medal of the brotherhood.
Starting: At 20:30 h on Saint Thursday.
Route: Parish of Doctrinos; C/ De los Colegios; Plaza Rodríguez Marín; Plaza de Cervantes (Lado Circulo); C/ Bustamante de la Cámara; Plaza de San Diego (at 21:30 approximately, it will take place the meeting of images and Hail Holy Queen chantin the Lonja de la Universidad); C/ Bedel; C/ Libreros; Plaza de Cervantes; C/ Mayor; C/ Carmen Calzado; C/ Santa Ursula; Plaza Rodríguez Marín; C/ De los Colegios; Parish of Doctrinos
Music Accompaniment: Complutensian Concert Band.