The running Madonna, is one of the most important events of the Abruzzo town. It takes place on Easter Sunday in the wonderful setting of Piazza Garibaldi.
After the Easter holidays, the Confraternity of Santa Maria di Loreto, managed by the Confraternity of the Trinity, recalls the evangelical event of the Resurrection, the central theme is the encounter between Mother and Son.
It cannot be defined as a religious procession, nor even as a show: what you experience in Sulmona is the representation, full of feeling, of the encounter of the Virgin Mary with the Risen Christ.
Highly religious sentiments are joined by the unique, immortal and fully human love of a mother who finds her son again.
Although similar religious events are widespread throughout Italy, the one in Sulmona has a peculiar trait: the Virgin Mary, following the recognition of her Son, begins to run to him.
Tradition states that the Virgin Mary, closed in the seventeenth-century church of San Filippo Neri, leaves the place where she retired in mourning, after the three calls made by Saints Peter and John to announce the resurrection of Christ. Proceeding slowly, she reaches the middle of the square. It is from here that, seeing her risen Son, she begins to rush to reunite with him and, when hope seems to have become certainty. She drops the black cloak of mourning to cover herself in colors of joy while twelve white doves soar in flight.
An atmosphere of general participation and emotion envelops this representation that manages to touch the chords of the human soul, calling into question our authentic values, such as the deep bond that binds a mother to her child.