Atina in Frosinone Italy

The Feast of San Marco of Atina – 1 October

According to tradition San Marco di Galilea, or St Mark of Galilee, was converted by St Peter the Apostle and became one of his disciples. He is said to have accompanied  St Peter to Rome.  St Peter consecrated him as a bishop and entrusted him to spread Christianity in certain regions of Italy such as Marsica, Ciociaria and Campania. Marco sought to convert many of the local people to the new faith and fought passionately against paganism. However during this era the Roman Emperor Domitian persecuted followers of Christianity. According to the Chronicle of the Church of Atina Marco was eventually captured, tortured and put to death in Atina in the year 96 AD.

Marco was subsequently canonized as a saint and a martyr. His liturgical feast day is celebrated on the 28th April.  However in Atina another festival is held on the 1st October of each year. This relates to the dedication of his name to Atina’s Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. This is beacause the former Collegiate of Santa Maria and San Marco, situated near to the cemetery, was destroyed during the bombing in the Second World War. Therefore the Cathedral now houses the relics of San Marco and he has become the patron of the town of Atina. He is also known as the patron saint of earthquakes.

Below is a copy of a 17th century etching depicting San Marco and the old walled city of Atina. The artist was D. Mautone.

Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Drawing of San Marco by D. Mautone 17th century
photo Archivio Biblioteca di Atina
San Marco Galileo di Atina Italia
San Marco of Galileo Atina Italy

Festival Decorations

Feast Day Lights for the San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights For Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights For Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights For Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Feast Day Lights for the San Marco in Atina Italy
Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Banner on Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Banner on Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy

San Marco Inside the Cathedral of Atina

Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Flower Decorations Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy

The Statue of San Marco and His Relics

The Sacred Relics of San Marco of Atina Italy
photo Archivio Biblioteca di Atina
Statue of San Marco in the Cathedral of Atina Italy
photo Archivio Biblioteca di Atina
Statue of the Patron San Marco in the Cathedral of Atina Italy
photo Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

The Procession of San Marco of Atina

Procession Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Procession Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Banners of the local towns of Atina Italy
Statue of San Giovanni Cathedral of Atina Italy
Man Selling Candles Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy 2017
Procession on the Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Mayors in the Procession on the Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Procession on the Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Procession on the Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Band Playing on Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Brass Band Playing on Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Band Playing on Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Town Banner With The Coat of Arms of Atina Italy
Atina Banner of the Coat of Arms of Veroli Italy
Caribinieri Policeman in Uniform Atina Italy
Band Musicians at the Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy

Festival Lights on the Feast of San Marco of Atina

Procession on the Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Procession Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy

After the procession an orchestra gives a grand concert in an ornate band-stand in Piazza Marconi.

Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy by Italo Caira
© Italo Caira
Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy by Italo Caira
© Italo Caira
Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Cathedral Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Cathedral Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy
Cathedral Festival Lights Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy

Fireworks Display

The evening’s festivities are always concluded by a grand firework display. Some beautiful photos by Italo Caira below.

Fireworks Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy by Italo Caira
© Italo Caira
Fireworks Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy by Italo Caira
© Italo Caira
Fireworks Feast of San Marco in Atina Italy by Italo Caira
© Italo Caira
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Photos have been accredited to the photographer / owner.

All other photos I have taken myself  © Louise Shapcott