ATTILA AD AQUILEIAThe Perdòn de Barban is the main religious tradition of Grado. It is celebrated on the morning of the first Sunday of July and consists of a votive procession during which the statue of Our Lady of the Angels is transported with an impressive procession of boats from the Basilica of St. Euphemia island of Barban, where there is an ancient shrine crossing the lagoon. The Perdòn was born to thank Our Lady for the end of an outbreak of the plague in 1237. During that year the inhabitants of Grado, led by Patriarch Leonardo Querini, promised that they would have transported the statue from the Cathedral of the island as Barbana thanks for the end of that terrible epidemic. Originally, the procession was held on July 2 and included the involvement of at least one member from each family Grado.
The name derives from the tradition of Perdòn approach, on the occasion of the pilgrimage, the sacrament of reconciliation.
The Perdòn starts early in the morning and is preceded by a day of prayer and celebration (the Sabo grando). After an early celebration in the Basilica of St. Euphemia, the statue of the Madonna is carried on shoulders to the port, where it is loaded on the boat designated as the flagship. At about 9, the formula “In the name of God, come on,” punctuated by a fisherman, marks the beginning of the parade of boats decked to the nines, that is detached from the port of Grado.
The procession of boats and left the harbor, winds in the lagoon until you reach the small island that houses the Shrine of Barban. Here the statue of the Virgin is carried in procession on foot from the small harbor to the church, accompanied by the sound of the town band and the singing of the Litany. The bishop then celebrated Mass in the sanctuary.
In the early afternoon the return of the statue of Our Lady in Grado and a solemn Te Deum mark the end of the pilgrimage.