Tourist Attraction in Cosenza: Santuario Santissimo Crocifisso
The convent-church complex, located in historic Cosenza, was the convent of the Reformed Friars, one of the many Franciscan families. These favored the devotion to the simulacrum of the SS Crucified who has since been shown miraculous. This devotion was increased by the Friars Capuchinis, to the point that, cosentini and not today identify the church where it is venerated with the denomination Santuario of the Most Holy Crucifix or more simply Church of the Crucifix, although it is titled to Mary Most Holy. of Constantinople. After being Benedictine nuns (863-1184), Friars Minor (1224-1276), Clare Sisters (1276-1383), Observant Friars (1415-1436) and Reformed Friars Minor (1628-1866), Church of the Reformation becomes patrimony of the "Friars of the People" on 1 January 1915. The Capuchin Friars also begin the practice for the relegation of the former convent of the Reformation, forbidden by Demanio with the suppression. But without any fact, for the opposition of Masonic elements. Until before the liturgical reform, on 3 May, Saint Helena's feast of the discovery of the True Cross of Christ was celebrated. That is why on this day we celebrate the great Feast in honor of the Most Holy Crucified. The festivities begin on April 23 with the show of the venerated simulacri of SS. Crucified and Our Lady of Sorrows and a solemn Eucharistic Celebration during which the people offer the oil that supplies the lamp whose light is re-energized every year on that day. The solemn novenary of preparation begins on the 24th day with SS. In the morning and in the afternoon, the revelation of St.Rosario, the song of Salve Regina all'Addolorata and of the Litanies and the Holy Mass, which ends with the "Coroncina alle Cinque Piaghe", accompanied by the song "O Divine Martire ". On May 1, the Most Holy Crucifix is brought to the procession in the square of the Civil Hospital of Annunziata, crossing Via A. Monaco. Here is a solemn Eucharistic Concelebration with the participation of all hospital staff and sick people. The crowd exults in joy and emotion at the outbreak of the Church. The very attentive, solemn procession begins with the participation of the various town fraternities and Third Order, all with their banners, and thousands of faithful from all over the city and neighboring towns. They cross many streets of Cosenza to reach thousands of colorful lights of art, the impressive illumination and swaying of the festive crowd, in Riforma Square, where Panegiricus and solemn Eucharistic Blessing take place. At the end, he goes back to the Shrine to whose arrival, the Most Holy. Crucified and Sorrowful Virgin are greeted by a pyrotechnic show. The venerated image of the Sorrowful Virgin is in fact at the feet of the Most Holy Crucified during the solemn Novenary for the feast of May 3rd and in the great procession that straddles the streets of the city of Cosenza on this day, but also on Good Friday after the celebration of Passion of the Lord. In his honor is celebrated every year a solemn set-day preparation for his feast, which is celebrated on September 15th. On this day, the celebration program ends with the procession of the Sorrowful Virgin for the streets of the Reformation district and the renewal of the Consecration Act.