Festa di San Corrado 2023 will take place on Sunday, February 19, 2023, in the beautiful city of Noto.
One of the most beautiful religious celebrations in Sicily, the Feast of Saint Conrad of Piacenza, patron saint of Noto, takes place twice a year, or if we count the octaves of the feast, four times a year.
The feast held on February 19 recalls the death of Saint Conrad, while the one held in the last Sunday of August commemorates his beatification on August 28, 1515.
Conrad of Piacenza, born Corrado Confalonieri, was an Italian hermit of the Third Order of Saint Francis, who lived between 1290 and 1351, and is now venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
Around 1340, Conrad arrived in Noto and settled in a cave. He performed numerous miracles and when he died, on February 19, 1351, it is said that the bells of the town started ringing on their own.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
On February 19, the silver urn which contains the remains of the saint will be carried in procession through the streets of Noto, on the shoulders of the Bearers (Portatori).
The urn will be preceded by the Confraternities holding the Cili – large decorative candles which represent the history of the life of Saint Conrad, the marching band and the faithful who choose to make the barefoot journey from their town to the historical center of Noto.
The octave of the feast will take place the following Sunday, on February 26, 2023. On this day, in the afternoon, the procession of the patron saint of Noto will be held again.
Every ten years, the urn of San Corrado is carried in solemn procession up to the Sanctuary dedicated to the saint, which is located about five kilometers away from the city.
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