Confraternity La Guarda del Cuerpo de Cristo
The Santísimo Cristo Yacente, according to existing documents in the Monastery, it was the first image that the Franciscans brought to Monastery, after its foundation in 1573. The work is demarcated inside the style of the end of the 16th century, by anonymous author, although recently it is been making studies which can go in the way of giving the authory to Cristóbal de Salazar, a Granada’s sculptor, settled in Murcia, who worked in the final work of the main altarpiece of the Santiago’s Church in Jumilla, considering that he was married to Jusepa, daughter of Francisco Ayala. It is a carving of 165cm height that has as an excellent sign a thorns crown, being an attribute that is known only in other three more of the spanish carvings and that according to restoration carried by Mr Mariano Spiteri, it is original, so as the quilting of the work is found when the crown is put.
This way it is provided an ancient work to our Easter, so limited by misfortune, in our processional parades. Hoping that, with time, it will go penetrating in the faith and hearts of the Jumilla’s people.
Canonically erected in the Santiago’s Main Church.
It is about an ancient Recumbent, currently deposited in the Museum of the Santa Ana’s Monastery, although previously it was in the chapel of the Orchard’s Sepulchre in the Monastery.
The image of Recumbent Christ goes on a throne, or black velvet catafalque, over it, it is placed the image surrounded in a transparent crêpe shroud with the head uncovered and one of his arms illuminated by four fire torchs.
The processional transport mechanism is the traditional with wheels, pushed by men under the throne.
Of dark brown wool with polyester, similar to the Franciscans’ tunics. With short hood, in which wear embroidered the Confraternity’s shield. Hood, sleeves and the tunic’s hem surrounded with silvery fringes.
It is about a white natural-silk standard, embroidered by tertiary sisters Anita Muñoz and María Pepa Bleda. In the middle it wears an oil that represents the franciscan hug to Christ, painted by Mr José Almela, at the expense of Mrs Amelia Tomás Martínez.