Thursday, March 28, 2013

Good Friday procession this Friday: Jesus with cross, Virgin Mary, songs, and more


The annual Semana Santa (Holy Week) Good Friday procession is upon us, where parishioners and staff of the Sacred Heart Church at 16th and Park walk around the neighborhood in costume in commemoration of Good Friday. The event, which often draws up to 2000 people, is this Friday from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm. There will be some rolling street closures, on Park Road, Mt. Pleasant, Irving, and 16th as the procession passes.

The event itself is quite a spectacle, I recommend you go check it out. Here's more information on the procession and on the day itself from Liz Mora of Sacred Heart:
The Good Friday procession tradition came from Spain... 
On Good Friday, Christians remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. We do not have traditional Mass on that day. But we do gather to read the Passion of Christ, his last hours before his death, pray for the world and venerate the cross. At Sacred Heart our Cristo Joven (Youth of Christ) act out the drama of the Passion of Christ. After the drama, our Hispanic community will carry large statues of Christ Crucified and Mary, the Sorrowful Mother through the neighborhood, accompanied by dirge like music. It is much like a huge funeral procession. Sacred Heart's procession includes songs and prayers in Spanish, English, Vietnamese and Haitian. If you go to our Facebook page, you will see pictures of previous processions. We usually have between 1,000 to 2,000 participants each year. You should come this year!
Here's a previous post I wrote about the procession too. It's pretty cool.

Photo by Wayan Vota

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