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Otranto, torna la Madonna dell’Altomare


Come ogni anno in questo periodo, a Otranto ricorre la festa in onore della Madonna dell’Altomare, il cui triduo comincia il primo settembre e culmina il 4, giorno della festa vera e propria, quando alle 17,30 i pescatori accompagnano la statua nel piazzale dove viene celebrata la messa, che sarà presieduta dall’arcivescovo di Otranto Donato Negro. Terminata la celebrazione i pescatori accompagnano ancora la statua al Fascio, località balneare nei pressi del faro, per imbarcarla. Da qui ha inizio la parte centrale e più folkloristica di tutta la festa, perché si avvia la processione a mare, con in testa il peschereccio che ospita la Madonna scortato da alcuni marinai, cui spetta il compito di gettare in mare la corona-simbolo in memoria di tutte le vittime. Il corteo termina con l’arrivo al porto, da cui si prosegue a piedi lungo le vie della cittadina, per poi fare ritorno alla cappella dove si tiene la benedizione del mare.

Storia della cappella e aneddoti collegati alla Madonna

La statua della Madonna è custodita all’interno della chiesetta situata sul dorso della collina, chiamata Punta, a ridosso del mare. La struttura fu riedificata per la prima volta nel 1744, poi nel dopoguerra altri restauri furono eseguiti a spese dei pescatori otrantini e con il concorso del comando locale della Marina. Il perché di questa devozione è da ricercare in due leggende legate all’intervento della Madonna dell’Alto Mare. La prima narra che all’inizio del secolo scorso, di notte, il veliero guidato dal capitano Salvatore Cosentino di Otranto si trovò nel bel mezzo di una tempesta in alto mare. L’uomo si rivolse alla Vergine promettendo di rifare, una volta salvo, il tetto della chiesetta. La nave non affondò ma naufragò, e comunque i marinai furono salvi. All’indomani, però, Cosentino decise di riprendere la navigazione, ma calata la notte si alzò ancora una forte tempesta e il capitano pregò ancora la Madonna, chiedendole perdono e giurando che, una volta salvo, avrebbe mantenuto la promessa. Le preghiere furono ascoltate e una volta approdato al porto il comandante sciolse il suo voto. Il secondo aneddoto racconta invece che, all’inizio del secolo scorso, un piroscafo stava per essere inghiottito dalle onde. Il comandante vide un bambino stretto tra le braccia della madre e lo prese sollevandolo al cielo. Pregò il Signore affinché salvasse il bambino, la madre e tutti i presenti, e così fu.

Alessandro Conte

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