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Death's Bridegroom

Today, Spain commemorates both its Armed Forces Memorial Day and  Holy Thursday all rolled into one.  As such is the custom, their Foreign Legion takes Old J.C. out for a solemn procession through the streets of Málaga  (Heh - If our Army would dare to do anything like that, Radical Secularists would have a conniption). Below is the opening ceremony as they process out of the Cathedral.  The dirge is The Foreign Legion's anthem: Novio de la Muerte - Death's Bridegroom.



Oh, and The War Goat gets to take a day off today.

BOQ

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Boq, do you have any idea how and when this tradition came to be?  And is it for Holy Thursday or Armed Forces Memorial Day?

Powerful stuff either way.

 
Also, where the heck did the military custom of rigidly looking at the sky while at attention come from? Don't see it in the US, but seems like Spain, Russia, and a few of the old eastern bloc countries use it.  Seems deucedly awkward and uncomfortable.

I do seem to have answered, at least in part, my previous question.  Looks like it is a custom for La Semana Sancta.  
 
Well Joe, as far as history of the song, It all started from a Cabaret Song first performed in the 1920's.  The song hit a nerve with the Legionaires, and the rest is history.  A Google translation of its history is found : HERE

As for their Memorial Day and Holy Thursday... well, they go hand in glove with the Catholic notion of Sacrifice and Death for your loved ones.  Afterall, that's the meaning of The Last Supper, isn't it.
 
New guy here.  I just found this blog and I think it's great!  I'm retired USN.  I was in Malaga during Sant Semana in 1995.  The processions are amazing.  The churches and other organizations parade huge statues of their patron saints through the streets.  It's quite a sight!

DocV
 

 How about the *vapors* that would ensue in the US were a US military unit be participating in a ceremony like this?

The sputtering spasms of purple rage on MSNBC alone would be worthy of recording for posterity.

 

"The sputtering spasms of purple rage"

Now there's a keeper.

 
Um, Boq?  In English, that would be "Maundy" Thursday, in honor of all the bruises and sores (maunds) Jesus acquired while being mocked and thwacked. After the cops hauled Him away, He suffered some serious thwacking. 
 
See that I'm still up, I think I'll try to stay up for the rest of the night. I think He would like that. 
 

Boq, I would submit that the meaning of the Last Supper is to bestow life to us "Unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you have no life in you."  But, that too involved sacrifice for others.

It's always interesting to me to see military and religion mixed like this.  We are taught in our society that the two are almost mutually exclusive, but in reality they are very close. 

 

 
Thanks JTG - Me being a simple Rican, am not too familiar with other traditions and namings of this Thursday. 

But Joe, Not wanting to split theological hairs, I was just trying to explain the Spanish tradition as seen from the Catholic perspective.  Being eucharistically centered folks, to us, The Last Supper is when J.C. broke the news to all that he was going away.  Breaking bread for the firs time and  instructing them all to memorialize him by doing so from now and forever. Thus Memorial Day.

On that night another tradition was INSTITUTIONALIZED.  But that's another story   ;-)
 

Ah!  I see the parallel you were drawing now, Boq. We memorialise Him while partaking of the Very Body and Blood.  I was raised Roman Catholic and am now Eastern Orthodox.  Partaking of the Very Body and Blood is indeed the, or maybe THE central point of Christian worship. 

"Holy Thursday" is perfeclty acceptable, as is "Great and Holy Thursday."

And, for Holy Friday:

TODAY HE WHO HUNG THE EARTH UPON THE WATERS IS HUNG ON THE TREE.
THE KING OF THE ANGELS IS DECKED WITH A CROWN OF THORNS.
HE WHO WRAPS THE HEAVENS IN CLOUDS IS WRAPPED IN THE PURPLE OF
MOCKERY.
HE WHO FREED ADAM IN THE JORDAN IS SLAPPED ON THE FACE.
THE BRIDEGROOM OF THE CHURCH IS AFFIXED TO THE CROSS WITH NAILS.
THE SON OF THE VIRGIN IS PIERCED BY A SPEAR.
WE WORSHIP YOUR PASSION, O CHRIST.
WE WORSHIP YOUR PASSION, O CHRIST.
WE WORSHIP YOUR PASSION, O CHRIST.//
SHOW US ALSO YOUR GLORIOUS RESURRECTION.