Lent, Holy week & Easter

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Lent in La Antigua

First Week of Lent Friday March 3, is the day when the Holy Vigil of the image of Jesús Nazareno de la Salvación in Santa Catarina Bobadilla – where a procession will take place on Sunday the 5th. The Nazarene of Santa Catarina Bobadilla was named Patron Jurado of La Antigua in 2009. The...

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Historical and Traditional Symbols in a Procession

In a procession there are several symbols that are intended to move us to a different time period. The Romans with their costumes, the horses and banners; and as in a parade, all march in two rows on both sides of the streets. With a banner in the middle with the acronym SPQR: “Senatus...

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The Beginning of Lent: Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday, February 10th, in almost all the Catholic churches everywhere around Guatemala, Ash Wednesday (Miércoles de Ceniza) is celebrated. For many Christian traditions, this day marks the beginning of Lent, the period of 40 days of preparation to relive the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Ash (ceniza in Spanish, from the Latin...

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Five Weeks of Lent

Lent The time of year known as Lent (or Cuaresma in Spanish) is a period of forty days starting on the Wednesday that follows Mardi Gras – Ash Wednesday. These forty days are regarded by many Christians as a period of preparation in which the life of Jesus is celebrated before the final week...

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A Day at Florencia

To get to Florencia Ecological Park – better known simply as “Florencia” – from La Antigua, just take the road leading to Guatemala City, and after driving about 9 km (about 5 miles), on the right-hand side you’ll find this protected natural reserve in the municipio of Santa Lucía Milpas Altas. This park has 64...

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Lent and Holy Week Calendar 2016

FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH FOURTH FRIDAY OF LENT  All day Velación of the consecrated imagen of Jesus the Nazarene of the Tender Gaze Church of Santa Ana All Day Velación of replicas of the Entombed Jesus and the Virgin of Solitude Escuela de Cristo church (MAP F6) All Day Velación of Jesus the Nazarene of...

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The Gateadores of El Quiche

The municipio of San Andrés Sajcabajá is located in the department of El Quiché, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Guatemala City. Each year on Good Friday, this community is the setting for an unusual ancient tradition that evokes the fervor of the community. Here, penitents known as gateadores (crawlers) make their way through...

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El Domingo de Ramos

The celebration of Palm Sunday originated in the 4th century in Jerusalem. Originally, it consisted of visiting different sites and – with a reading that explained what had happened in each place and a remembrance of Jesus’ life – celebrating with prayers and sermons. By the 5th century, the celebration included the blessing of...

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La Reseña del Templo de La Merced

At the La Merced church, the Palm Sunday Mass is celebrated this year on March 20th.  After the blessing of the palms during mass, a procession – known as “La Reseña” – departs the church bearing the consecrated religious statue, or imagen, of Jesus the Nazarene of Mercy. The origin of this imagen dates...

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