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A Good Friday (Viernes Santo) Procession

Tim and I got up extra early this morning to go to the town at the bottom of our mountain to take part in the dawn Good Friday (Viernes Santo) procession.

This annual procession starts at the town church and makes its way up to "Calvario" (Calvary), the hill behind the town on which there is a big wooden cross. We process with a big statue of Jesus carrying his cross and also a replica of Jesus actually on the cross. As we make our way up the hill, we pause at each of the 12 stations of the cross for a reading and prayers. When we reach the cross, the replica of Jesus on the cross is hoisted up onto it. Later in the day, there is another service and procession when Jesus is taken down off the cross.

It is a beautiful and very moving procession, and I'm so glad that we got up for it.

You can find out more about how Easter was marked in Tudor times at

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  1. R

    Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Easter.

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A Good Friday (Viernes Santo) Procession