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(08/07/2010)

Cristo del Rayo 2010]

Festivities begin in Honor of Stmo.

Cristo del Rayo 2010, declared of Regional Tourist Interest, which commemorates the miraculous event occurred in 1621, when the image of Christ crucified, pulled her a bolt in the Church of the Assumption, free from danger to all the faithful gathered there.

On Saturday July 10 officially kick off this holiday from the picturesque town square of the lantern, with the traditional chupinazo start this year by the Mayor of Moratalla, Juan Llorente, and Mariano Mariano humorist.

During the night from Saturday to Sunday, moratalleras moratalleros and vibrate in the wonderful festive atmosphere fostered by all the rocks festive and actions designed by the Stewardship 2010, looking forward to the dawn to attend the Diana Flores and "expected" First Great running of the bulls, who, led by trail, will make its entry into the town about 9.30 am.

Some of these ancient and traditional closures for sidewalk comes a host of cultural and leisure activities, with special prominence of the music, which occupy almost 24 hours every day until the Final Traca July 17, always emphasizing the festive spontaneity of the rocks and the thousands of visitors who benefit from their hospitality.

This year, taking advantage of the weekend match in the start date, the "appetizer" to the parties will be served at 22.00 pm on Friday, day 9, none other than the concert given by Antonio Orozco Football Field Casa Felipe.

The artist will perform songs from his latest work, "Renovatio" and recalled some of his greatest hits.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL IN HONOR OF STMO.

CHRIST THE LIGHTNING:

"Suddenly a rallying cry and felt acute, and most of the faithful, blinded, buried his face in his hands! ...

>> In the midst of the temple, wielding the sword of the avenging angel, stirring with a proverbial light beam that threatened to annihilate all he seemed bound by an invisible force that kept him beyond the limits that had been laid down, roaring like a fiend, making contortions supernatural ...

That lasted briefly frightening scene, everyone thought his last moment came, when fast, crossing the espaco separating them falls covering the image of the Redeemer, who disappeared in the midst of the burning fire, quickly turned into thick smoke ...

>> With what words could be done to understand what happened in that sublime moment in which clear the dense fog, the image of Christ appeared, black and hot, but more beautiful than ever! ...

>> I had completely lost their color to get it back no more.

The people, humiliated, singing a hymn of praise and glory, the hymn that is sung when speaking a grateful heart! ...

That powerful human voice, formed by the union of so many anxieties, must get to heaven, and that silenced even the roar of the storm !..."

Alfredo Rubio: Things Moratalla, 1915

On June 15, 1621, before a storm of unprecedented violence, local people, gripped by fear, took refuge in the Church of the Assumption.

A powerful beam penetrated the roof, even without closing, and before the astonished eyes of the faithful, the spark was conducted to the image of Christ crucified, which guided the impact and the destructive power of lightning, saving people gathered there .

As relates Marcial García (Moratalla through the ages, Vol I, pp.332 et seq.), "Not misfortunes occur or burn the image, the people proclaimed miracle and the Council adopted, in gratitude, and festivals Day and Eve, being documented his conclusion from the following year, 1622 (...) The Baptism Book V of the miracle saves the data and so reminiscent of diligence in its original folio:

"In June fifteen thousand six hundred twenty-Vn years happened the Miracle of the Santo Christo del Rayo in this Parrochiale of Moratalla, and is noted in this book, the folio hundred and five, the buelta of Foxa, and to record, was ordered to put this right "

This is, therefore, the miracle that is celebrated this holiday in honor of Stmo since.

Cristo del Rayo.

Although in essence the festivals of the early days consisted of "ringing of bells in the castle the day before, ringing, music of oboes, function, sermon, procession and fireworks, on the anniversary" (Marcial Garcia, ibid.), Eventually The essence of the holidays was composed, and still remains so, the traditional running of the bulls.

The main feature of the running of Moratalla, and what differentiates them from taking place in many other places, is that the cattle are driven "by verea" ie, off-road network along the creeks and trails, to the same municipality.

However, there is also a large number of parallel and complementary to these closures, as shown in the order of festivities.

Declared of Regional Tourist Interest, now the holidays are celebrated between 11 and 17 July, though June 15 remains a public holiday.

This change of dates was carried out to avoid the holidays coincide with the apricot collection campaign.

Today, the Festival of Stmo.

Cristo del Rayo constitute the meeting point of all those moratalleros living outside the municipality, etc., and during the event, increases very significantly the number of visitors and tourists attracted by them.

And not only by the closures, but the festive atmosphere that promote the various clubs festive for evening concerts and festivals and other events such as parades, bullfights, shows a number, etc.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Moratalla

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