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    Luminara di Santa Croce 2022

    Date: 13 September 2022

    Luminara di Santa Croce 2022 will take place on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, in Lucca. Luminara di Santa Croce is a religious manifestation which takes place on the eve of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated each year on September 14. In Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates the cross itself, as an instrument of salvation. On this occasion, the buildings of Lucca are decorated with thousands of candles, a tradition now common only in Lucca and Pisa, for Luminara di San Ranieri.   SHORT HISTORY In Lucca, the origins of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross are lost in time. The first mention of the date of September 14 appears in a document of 1118. On this day, Lucca celebrates the Holy Face (Volto Santo), a wooden crucifix measuring 2.24 x 2.65 meters, kept in a chapel built in 1482 by Matteo Civitali, in the Cathedral of San Martino. According to legend, the crucifix was sculpted by Nicodemus, who assisted Joseph of Arimathea in depositing Christ in his tomb, and was found and brought to Lucca in 742. At first, the crucifix was Read more [...]