Xàbia has lived, this past weekend, a historic moment: the meeting between Jesús Nazareno and the Mare de Déu de Loreto; an event that is experienced only, every 25 years and in which the brotherhood between the two parishes is shown and in turn, the Brotherhood of the Nazarene with the Festival Commission of the Mare de Déu de Loreto.
After on Saturday, the meeting of the two images and remain together in the parish of San Bartolomé. Yesterday, Sunday, it was time to say goodbye and for each one to return to her church. Thus, and after the Eucharist, hundreds of neighbors began the pilgrimage accompanying various images in this special act.
The pilgrimage, enlivened with the music of the Colla Xirimitab's, toured the streets of the historic center, meeting San Francisco de Paula in the Placeta del Convent and passing through Jesús Nazareno street, where there was an emotional bow to his niche before the gaze of the attending public.
Residents of Xàbia and visitors followed the pilgrimage both on foot or from the balconies to the Asilo Hermanos Cholbi where the farewell took place, although there was a previous stop in front of the Virgen de la Soledad and the Nazareno on Avenida Juan Carlos I.
After the farewell, to the admiration of the attendees, applause and pyrotechnics, the Virgin of Loreto and Jesús Nazareno took the paths back to their respective parishes. Now it is time to wait, at least, a quarter of a century, to be able to relive this emotional and symbolic religious encounter.