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Juan Miguel Vega makes a plea in favor of the brotherhoods, faith and Seville

Juan Miguel Vega makes a plea in favor of the brotherhoods, faith and Seville

A proclamation “heterodox”, as the person in charge of exalting Seville’s Holy Week of 2024, Juan Miguel Vega (Seville, 1962), already recognized in an interview in Europa Press. A text full of beautiful passages from his childhood, emotional episodes, beautiful verses dedicated to Esperanza Macarena and brotherhoods of the Triana neighborhood, recognitions to illustrious brothers, in which some touches of grace, anecdotes and surprises have not been missing, like the poem dedicated to the ‘Canina’ of the Holy Burial. But, above all, it has been a true plea in favor of the brotherhoods, the faith and the city.

This is how we can describe the Holy Week proclamation that was delivered this Sunday, at the lectern of the Teatro de la Maestranza, by the journalist and director of Canal Sur Radio, who, from the moment of his appointment, defended, above all, that unorthodox style of his text. “If this Major Festival were orthodox, all the brotherhoods would be the same, there would be no different ways of carrying out the steps, the Nazarenes would dress in the same way and the behavior of the brotherhoods would be exactly mimetic.”

In the Pregón there have been continuous references to his experience as a brother, based, fundamentally, on two brotherhoods: San Bernardo and El Amor, to his family connection with the neighborhood of Triana and the old suburb next to the Artillery factory, to Las Esperanzas of Triana and Macarena and to the Lord of the Great Power, and which began with continuous praise for Seville and the pride of having been born here, “where I will also say goodbye.”

Authorities at the Maestranza Theater
Authorities at the Maestranza TheaterThe Council / Alejandro del Castillo

“Because you’re loyal, noble and Marian, being from Seville is a source of pride. Furthermore, you’re undefeated, so there are no secrets left. For me you are the greatest and this is where the matter ends. Yes, man, there will be others out there who are worth a lot. But like you, Seville, there is nothing like it in the world.”

The proclamation included the allegorical step of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, the traditional step of ‘La Canina’, of the brotherhood of the Holy Burial. “Yes, I know, we don’t ‘be’ anything. And you arriving at the Sunset. There is no one who can avoid reviewing your sharp scythe, the best there is in Spain because it is sharp and sharp. Your shoal strikes us even more. We carry you deep inside “Come and meet us, you don’t scare us, Canina.”

The San Bernardo neighborhood, “a world apart”, and the Cristo de la Salud, “he who is in my sorrows”, have had the expected prominence in his speech, as has the Virgin of the Refugio, head of the corporation of the Holy Wednesday. “Always with a girl’s face even though many years have passed. El Refugio de María, the best of San Bernardo”, she has declaimed.

Juan Miguel Vega has also appealed to the brothers to publicly and openly recognize that they profess the Catholic faith and has highlighted the important work carried out by the brotherhoods and brotherhoods within the Church. “I believe in God; what’s going on,” he said at the end of that passage, responded to by the public that gathered in the Paseo Colón scenic space with prolonged applause.

The Lord of the Gypsies has also had a leading role on the Maestranza stage. “Give health to the living and peace to those who rest. And may your Mother, the Virgin crowned by love, console our anguish and bring calm to the heart. Oh Christ of the Gypsies, Lord of the Morning! You are the light that in “Seville lights up the morning.”

“There are only seven days left, there is barely a breath left. Everywhere I look, there is light in my eyes. Seville does not say anything, but shines like a sapphire. It is here, here peeking out. It will be Holy Week, when as the week passes , the best morning dawns and the sun kisses the giantess, while Font de Anta plays,” Vega proclaimed.

The last verses have been directed to the short wait for Palm Sunday. “It will be Holy Week, when I see on the ground, that first Nazarene, who scares the little girl, but before whom the soul sings, because the good is already here. And it will be Holy Week, in the land of Seville, when that soul early, seed of our plant, with a lump in your throat, ask for permission in bell… Now, we did not dream it, what we expected has finally arrived. The wonder of the blue sky of Seville on a Palm Sunday. I have saying”.


A Proclamation that has maintained the usual scenery. “Tradition plays a fundamental role. If we are changing everything and subjecting it to the risk of what, at a given moment, we believe is prettier or uglier, then this is going to stop being what it has been,” he argued then. questioned about a possible change of format in the staging.

On stage, as is traditional, various civil and religious authorities have been, with the archbishop of Seville, José Ángel Saiz Meneses; the mayor of the city, José Luis Sanz; and the president of the Council of Brotherhoods and Brotherhoods, Francisco Vélez, among others, flanked by two local police officers in full dress uniform. In the background, the classic confectioner with the coat of arms of Seville and next to the lectern, a slender centerpiece of red roses.


The delegate of Major Festivals at the Seville City Council, Manuel Alés, has made his debut as presenter of the town crier. He did it after playing the march ‘Macarena’, by Abel Moreno. In his initial speech he had a special memory for the journalist Antonio Burgos, who died on December 20, who also proclaimed Holy Week in his city, using some lines from his text.

“Are you ready, maceros of the City Council? Are you ready, musicians of the municipal symphonic band of Seville to shake the pulse of the crier with the final bars of Amarguras? Are you ready, brother journalists to take to every corner of the houses of Seville, to every bed and hospital chair the serene and emotional voice of Juan Miguel Vega?”

Manuel Alés has acknowledged that, next to the lectern of this theater, where “I touch the wood that so many criers have touched”, he feels “the flow of emotions that they left here.” “I make mine the experiences that they told to so many generations of Sevillians, and the prayers that came from their lips.”

“Today I embrace this wood with the same faith with which all of them did and that now, having only to present the crier, I feel the same vertigo and emotions that they had when singing to our city,” expressed the delegate of Major Festivals before the first bars of the ‘Amarguras’ march sounded and the town crier gave the floor.