During the Holy Week processions in Spain, the elaborate scenes depicting the final days of Christ make periodic stops where our suffering Lord or His Blessed Mother are serenaded. The saeta is a mournful song, a cry from the depths of the Andalusian soul. A literal meaning could be “arrow,” for its emotional intensity pierces the heart and calls all who hear its heartbreaking strains to remember the price of our salvation.
Here is a video of the saeta of Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Sentencia as the image of our condemned Lord enters the beautiful Basilica de la Macarena in Sevilla.
(Also, you can hear the Moorish influence on the music of southern Spain. Cool.)