Goa’s Catholic community followed a solemn service yesterday, Good Friday. The services held in the Se Cathedral, Old Goa saw hundreds of devotees pay their respects to crucified Christ. Here the Catholics were witness to the unique procession popularly known as the ‘Xempdeanchem Pursanv’.
The procession, held this year, saw two canons (conigos) with their heads covered, dressed in black robes that have a trail resembling a long tail, participate in this procession. This takes places at midway of the services when the life-sized statue of Jesus is brought down from the cross and laid in the coffin. The coffin is carried in the procession borne by members of the Confraria.
The ‘Xempdeanchem Pursanv’ dates back to the year 1534, when Pope Paul III raised the former church to the status of a cathedral, by reading out the Papal Bull Aequum Reputamus. Goa is said to be the only place after Rome where such a procession takes place.