Programme

Via crucis

Here is the programme of Balmaseda's Living Way of the Cross. In addition to the procession of 'pasos' and performances that weave their way through the historical centre, there are acts such as the Last Supper and the Pilate's court for which a ticket is required.

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Important information

  • We ask for the audience to be punctual. Entrances close 15 minutes prior to the performance.
  • No one will be allowed into the area once the performance has started even if they have a ticket.
  • We remind you that smoking is prohibited and that phones must be turned off and remain silent.
  • The use of Flash is prohibited (see the recommendation sheet)

Procession of the 'pasos'

Maundy Thursday (19:00)

The procession starts at the Plaza San Severino before leaving to the streets Correría and Martín Mendía, before returning to the starting point.

The Romans and hooded, barefoot penitents carrying crosses walk alongside the 'pasos', the Kolitza choir and the Azkoaga band.

Route: Plaza San Severino, Correría street, Plaza de los Fueros, Martín Mendia, Plaza del Marques and Plaza San Severino once again.

The Last Supper

Maundy Thursday (21:30)

In the space of an hour, the following scenes are performed: the Priests' Council, the Last Supper, the Prayer at the Mount of Olives, The Arrest of Christ and his trial before the priests (lead by Caiaphas). Thursday's performance concludes with Caiaphus' line 'you will now be brought before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate to decide your fate'.

Ticket Prices:

  • Seated: 3€
  • Standing: Free

Pilate's Court

Good Friday (9:30)

The day starts with the scene depicting the hanging of Judas. This is followed by Jesus' trial in the Praetorium which includes such scenes as the flagellation of Jesus, the liberation of Barabbas and the Ecce Homo, the First Fall, the meeting with Mary Magdalene, and the meeting with the Virgin Mary.

Tickets prices:

  • Front row: 13€
  • 2nd row: 11€
  • 3rd row: 11€
  • 4th row: 9€
  • stalls: 7€
  • standing: 5€

Via Crucis

Good Friday (10:30)

Mary Magdalene, the Virgin Mary, Veronica, the Apostles and other characters join the procession.

On a stage 50 metres wide by 15 metres tall, Jesus' last Station of the Cross is presented. This is the setting for the dramatic act where Jesus shares his last words before he dies and is moved to the tomb. With this final spectacular scene the representation of the Passion of Christ ends.

The burial procession

Good Friday (19:00)

Mary Magdalene, the Virgin Mary, Veronica, the Apostles and other characters join the procession.

With the nature of the 'pasos' and the sombre state of the characters, the procession takes on an atmosphere of profound sadness and loss.

The procession starts at the Plaza San Severino, before passing through the streets Correría and Martín Mendía, and returning to the starting point.

The Silent Procession

Good Friday (21:30)

Fewer visitors know of this procession, but it is one of the most special ones. The Roman guard walk as silently as the grave alongside the 'pasos' Cristo del Cementerio and La Dolorosa to the cemetery. After a brief prayer for the dead, the 'paso' del Cristo is put in its usual place, on one of the walls of the cemetery chapel. The procession then returns, with Our Lady of Sorrows, to the parish church alongside hundreds of attendees carrying lit candles.

The procession starts at the Plaza San Severino, before passing through the streets Pío Bermejillo and Martín Mendía, crosses the bridge Millonario and takes the path towards the cemetery.

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