The Order of the Ceremony

 

Before dawn on the day of the auto-da-fé, the Inquisition's prison officials and notaries prepared the prisoners and convicted heretics for their public procession.

 

The officials ordered and dressed the penitents or reconciled heretics in their appropriate garments of shame, which they would wear throughout the ceremony.

 

Afterward, the jailer and other officials arranged the prisoners in their positions for the solemn procession of the penitents, which would traverse the most prominent streets of the city to the main plaza.