Atina in Frosinone Italy

The Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina

The Feast of Santa Maria Assunta is held in Atina each year on the 15th August. This feast celebrates the Assumption of the body and soul of the Virgin Mary into heaven. She is one of the patrons of the town of Atina, the other being San Marco. The Cathedral of Atina is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and houses the treasured statue of the Madonna surrounded by angels. This is kept in a special niche within the church, protected by a glass door.  A week or so before the actual feast day the statue is removed from its normal resting place so that the Madonna can be put on view for all to see. During the week several religious ceremonies are held.

Statue of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Cathedral Italy

The Sleeping Madonna or Madonna Dormiente

Also housed in the cathedral is the statue of the “Madonna Dormiente” or “Sleeping Madonna”. On the eve of the feast day, this statue encased in an ornate sarcophagus, is taken out of the the cathedral for a special procession around the town.

Statue of the Sleeping Madonna Atina Cathedral Italy
The Madonna Dormiente Atina Italia
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La Madonna Dormiente Atina Italia
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Procession of the Sleeping Madonna in Atina Italy
© Italo Caira
Procession of the Madonna Dormiente Atina Italy
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Procession of the Sleeping Madonna in Atina Italy
© Philippe Brolet

The Statue of Santa Maria Assunta

On the actual day of the feast the statue of Santa Maria Assunta is manuoeuvred onto a wooden platform and carefully carried out through the main entrance of the cathedral.

Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Statue of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Cathedral Italy
Statue of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Cathedral Italy
Angels Statue of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Cathedral Italy
Statue of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Cathedral Italy
Statue of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Cathedral Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Statua Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italia
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
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The Procession

At one time the statue would have been carried by a team of strong men throughout the streets of Atina. However nowadays a truck is generally used for this purpose.
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Feast-of-Santa-Maria-Assunta-Atina-Italy
© Italo Caira
The procession sets off from the cathedral in Piazza San Marconi.  It is lead by a team of young men wearing white cassocks and bearing lanterns and staffs.  Behind them march the town band playing various musical pieces along the way. Ahead of the vehicle bearing the sacred statue walks the parish priest.  Finally many of the dignatories and townsfolk of Atina follow behind the Madonna, in an reverent procession through several districts of the town. Finally the procession makes its way back to the cathedral, where prayers are said for the town.
Procession Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Procession Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Procession-Feast-of-Santa-Maria-Assunta-Atina-Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Festa di Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italia
photo Archivio Biblioteca di Atina
Procession Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Procession Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Procession Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Procession Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Procession Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Procession Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Frosinone Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Frosinone Italy
© Italo Caira
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Frosinone Italy
Feast of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Frosinone Italy

The Festival Illuminations

The Cathedral of Atina at Night
Festival Illuminations in Atina Italy
Festival Illuminations in Piazza Garibaldi Atina Italy
Feast Day Illuminations in Atina Italy
Feast Day Lights and the Fountain in Atina Italy
Feast Day Lights in Atina Italy
Feast Day Lights in Atina Italy
Feast Day Lights in Piazza Garibaldi Atina Italy
Feast Day Lights in Piazza Garibaldi Atina Italy

The evening culminates in a magnificent colourful firework display.

Fireworks in Atina Italy
Fireworks in Atina Italy
Fireworks in Atina Italy
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All other photos I have taken myself  © Louise Shapcott