Holy Week in Villanueva de la Jara, Cuenca, is devotion and cultural identity.

During Holy Week in Villanueva de la Jara, Cuenca, the town exudes devotion in its religious and cultural identity. We know that every year Holy Week is celebrated on different dates, although it is always in the month of March or at the beginning of April.

Programming of the holy week in La Jara

The program of events for Holy Week in Villanueva de la Jara offers different liturgical options so that, according to the possibilities of each person, you can attend acts and events.

Ash Wednesday

This is the first day of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, Mass and the imposition of ashes are celebrated in the Convent of Santa Ana.

Representation of the Passion of Christ

It is also a tradition that in the Plaza Mayor of La Jara the Passion of Christ is represented, organized by the town hall.

Friday of Passion

Similarly, and continuing with the acts of Holy Week Jareña, on Passion Friday a mass is celebrated in the Convent of Santa Ana for the deceased of the brotherhoods. The Holy Week proclamation is also read.

Saturday of Passion Holy Mass

As the acts of Holy Week are celebrated in La Jara, on Saturday of Passion there are different acts such as the Holy Mass in the Church of Carmen. After that the Concert of Processional Marches in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption.

After the concert by the Villanueva de la Jara Music Band, the Stations of the Cross with the Cristo de la LLaga begins.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is one of the most awaited days by the Jareños and Jareñas. First thing in the morning, Holy Mass is celebrated in the convent. Then in the Plaza de San Francisco is the Blessing of the Branches and Hosanna procession. At 12h the people go to the basilica for the holy mass.

Holy Wednesday

In the middle of the Holy Week, on Holy Wednesday is the Procession of Silence.

Maundy Thursday

Although the town has been celebrating Holy Week for several days, Holy Thursday is one of the days with more festivities. Among others, in the morning confessions are made in the basilica. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper, in the afternoon, in the convent. The Procession of the Way of Calvary in the evening. And from midnight the Holy Hour and Candlelight Shifts in the basilica.

Good Friday

We could say that this is the big day of Holy Week in Villanueva de la Jara. On Good Friday the Way of the Cross departs from the Church of El Carmen.

The Convent of Santa Ana is where the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord takes place. At the beginning of the night, the Procession of the Holy Burial begins at the Basilica of the Assumption.

Holy Saturday

On Holy Saturday is when the Prayer of the Rosary to the Virgin of Sorrows is celebrated in the Basilica of the Assumption. The Easter Vigil begins at night in the Convent of Santa Ana.

Easter Sunday

The Easter Mass is early in the morning at the convent. Then at noon, the Procession of the Holy Meeting in the Plaza de San Francisco. These acts will give way to the Easter Mass in the Basilica of VIllanueva de la Jara.

Itineraries of the Holy Week of Jara

Depending on each year, the Holy Week of Villanueva de la Jara establishes different itineraries for the processions and acts that are celebrated.

The usual routes are through the streets of Jesús Casanova, Plaza San Francisco and Calle Santa Ana. Also Madrigal Street, Plaza de Santa Clara, Parador and Nueva Plaza