Every year on the first Friday of March is celebrated the Feast of Christ of Medina.
The name of this Christological advocation, the patronage that must be assumed since the seventeenth century the Dukes of Medinaceli, of the present Basilica Nasturtium Jesus de Medinaceli of Madrid.
This devotion to Christ, is deeply rooted in Totana and, according to chronicles, it has been held since the arrival of the Capuchins to our city, in the late nineteenth century.
The first Friday of March, the 06- day -this year, the Parish of the Three Hail Marys remains open all day, so that residents of Totana who wish to move to show their devotion to the image of Christ of Medinaceli .
The Christ of Medina, also known as Nuestro Padre Jesus Medinaceli-, is an image of Jesus of Nazareth that evokes the time of his Passion, when Pilate presents the people, on the first Good Friday in history.
Each year, the Chapel of Jesus Nazareno in which is located the image, is visited by hundreds and hundreds of residents of Totana passing to pray, to be entrusted to the image of the Nazarene, and to comply with the traditional rite of besapié.
Kiss the foot of the image, it is not only a sign of devotion, but is the sign of the outward manifestation of inner love that all Christians profess and feel about Jesus of Nazareth.
According to the centuries-old tradition totanera, before the image of Jesus of Medinaceli, devotees pray three Creeds and express the three wishes that more need Jesus to grant them.
The doors of the church of the Three Hail Marys remained open from 07 am until 24 hours of night, uninterrupted schedule and there were many neighbors who came to show their devotion.
The origin of devotion to Christ of Medinaceli
The original image of Christ of Medina, is preserved in the Basilica of "Jesus de Medinaceli" of Madrid.
This image dates from the first half of the seventeenth century and was commissioned by the Capuchin Fathers of Seville, which led to the Spanish colonies in North Africa.
In the summer of 1682, the image came to Madrid after being rescued by the Trinitarian Fathers, who managed to negotiate their "rescue", having fallen into the hands of Muslims.
The scapular that the image takes on the chest and back, conjures up the action of the Trinitarios (red and blue cross on a white background).
That same summer of 1682, was organized in Madrid the first procession with the image of Christ Cautivo.
According to chronicles of the time, to this procession he attended "all Madrid" including the Royal House.
From that distant year, the first Friday of March, repeated in Madrid this event, attended by thousands of devotees, including members of the Real- House, forming kilometric rows and wait long hours to meet for a few moments before the image of Jesus of Medinaceli.
By Diego Jesus Gonzalez Romera
On the other hand, were also many neighbors who came to show their devotion to Jesus Cautivo, located in the parish of Santiago el Mayor of Totana.
Source: DJRG / Totana.com