MONDAY – The Procession of the Deposit

For many faithful in Campanha, Holy Week begins on Monday evening, with the Procession of the Deposit (Procissão do Depósito), which takes place soon after dark. Suddenly a huge black structure that encases the image of Our Lord of the Stations (Nosso Senhor dos Passos) emerges onto the plaza from within the Cathedral. The band position themselves behind the encasement and strike up the long, minor chord of their first dirge. An atmosphere of extreme solemnity takes over, as the crowd make their way slowly down the main plaza toward the Church [of Our Lady] of Sorrows (Igreja [de Nossa Senhora] das Dores), where the image will be 'deposited' in preparation for the next day's procession.

Once the procession arrives at its destination, there is the first of the out-door sermons, about fifty-minutes in length, which highlights Christ's sacrifice for humanity.


  When the sermon is over, the doors of the church open wide, revealing the choir, who are standing immediately inside. They begin to sing a Miserere by Manoel Dias de Oliveira (c. 1735–1813). Its sequence of slow prolonged chords further heightens the mood of piety, respect and sorrow being ritually instated on the first evening of Holy Week.  
  The encasement is brought into the church and opened to allow the faithful to kiss the image. The image of Our Lord of the Stations is a life-size representation of Christ kneeling under the weight of the cross, as blood streams from his brow, caused by the thorns in his crown. According to local accounts the image was make in São João del-Rey in the early 19th century and brought to Campanha by ox cart.  
  During the kissing, the choir move to the altar to run through the two sets of motets they will perform during the processions on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Both sets were composed by Manoel Dias de Oliveria, however, in their original version they were set for two four-part choirs; in Campanha the 2nd choir has been suppressed, and rather than one or two male voices for each part, the four parts are sung by a full choir, involving both women and men.  
The Campanha Choir perform the two sets of Holy Week motets.