San calogero agrigento 2017

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Calogerus the Anchorite

san calogero agrigento 2017

The Feast of Saint Calogero in Agrigento is a mixture of folklore, tradition and devotion. The celebrations last eight days, from the first to the.

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Every year in July hundreds of barefoot devotees undertake the pilgrimage to the sanctuary, bearing loaves of bread representing organs or body parts healed thanks to the intercession of the black Saint. It appears that Calogero was a name generally given to hermits and monks living in spiritual retreat on the outskirts of society. According to tradition and rare historical references, it appears that Calogero was born in the 5th century a. In that period the western Roman Empire was in decline due to recurring barbarian invasions. Agriculture and commerce were compromised and the quality of life was rapidly deteriorating: the population was taunted by famine and frequent epidemics.

Calogerus is commemorated by the Orthodox Church on June 18, together with the bishop Gregorius and the deacon Demetrius. The three saints are noted as opponents of Arianism who fled from Africa to Sicily to escape persecution. They were active in the area of Fragalata, near Messina. In iconography, he is usually identifiable as a bearded hermit with olive complexion wearing eastern Syriac hooded vestments. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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The celebrations last eight days , from the first to the second Sunday of July. Saint Calogero preached and took care of the sick and of the poor men. He treated sick people with the sulphur waters that he found in the lava caves, where he lived in hermitage. And this is the reason why nowadays the devotees from Agrigento still throw some small loaves covered with sesame and fennel seeds towards the statue of their miracle worker during the procession. Even today, many worshippers leave their home, barefoot, and go on pilgrimage to his Shrine, to thank him for the graces received. During the days of the celebrations children wear a white dress. The day of the Feast a band of drums passes through the streets of the town, among the stands displaying local products.



Monte Kronio

San Calogero The much beloved black Saint of Agrigento

With a height of It is a nature reserve administered by the state forestry agency of the Regione Siciliana. On the mountain is the "Sanctuary of San Calogero," from the 16th century, the Antiquarium and various natural caves which emit geothermal gas, the most well-known of which is the so-called "Stove of San Calogero. The vast area behind the settlement of Sciacca, which culminates in Monte Kronio, may be the site of an ancient volcano, which even today shows some activity, however slight, through the emission of sulphur vapours. This theory is supported by the presence of Graham Island off the coast, a volcanic island forming part of a wider "Empedoclean" system, so it cannot be ruled out that Monte Kronio was a vent of a larger volcanic system in the distant past. Calogero" museum, [1] a thermal complex and a series of karst caves which were used for health purposes in antiquity.

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