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Stunning Holy Week Processions in Spain

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Our Lady of Hope of Macarena
Our Lady of Hope of
Macarena

4 breathtaking videos.

Catholic Spain is matchless when it comes to Holy Week.
  For 500 years the Spanish faithful have commemorated the Passion of Our Lord with marvelous public processions, ceremonies and penance.  The stunning pasos of Our Lord and Our Lady continue to inspire souls to this day.

The videos feature Holy Week processions in Seville and Malaga.




In this video:  María Santísima del Rocío, Malaga, Spain.



In this video:  Our Lady of Hope of Macarena, Seville, Spain.
 


In this video:
  Our Lady of Triana, Seville, Spain.



About the penitential robes

The gravity of sin allows us to understand the importance of penance.  In the Middle Ages -- when these penitential robes and hood originated -- the awareness of the gravity of sin was far greater than today, and people would do penance not only in private, but also in public to give testimony to the horror of sin and the need to make reparation.


However, the Catholic Church was careful of protect the identity of the penitent, especially if the sin committed was not public.  Therefore, the penitent wore a robe and a high hood to conceal his identity.   The high-tipped hood and the solemn robe with cape make it impossible to know who the person wearing it is; all that remains is a grave reminder that sin calls for reparation.  This garment also serves to prevent the possibility of a penitent becoming proud of his penance, since no one can recognize him.

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+12 # Charlie Kaplan 2011-04-12 07:12
My heart and as a soul, are deeply moved.
Thanks for the reminder
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+17 # Charlie Kaplan 2011-04-12 07:13
My heart and soul have been deeply moved.
Thank you
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+18 # BROTHER GEORGES MARQ 2011-04-12 10:43
I could not hold my tears, seeing those processions and hearing that many countries of Europe are becoming Muslims.

MAY GOD AND HIS BELOVED MOTHER BE PRAISED NOW AND FOR EVER.

MAY THE EUCHARISTIC REIGN OF JESUS COMES THROUGH MARY. AMEN.


BROTHER GEORGES
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+19 # Rose 2011-04-12 11:26
This reminds me of our tradition and customs in the Philippines which we actually inherited from the Spaniards during our colonization.

I pray that our Mother Mary continue to inspire us and direct us to Jesus who suffered and died that we may be redeemed.

Blessings on you and your ministry.
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+12 # Jo Ann Mason 2011-04-12 12:32
Thank you so much for sharing these videos. We made a pilgrimage during Lent in 2000 and Spain was a part of the pilgrimage. This was very moving and a reminder of what this season should bring to our minds.
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+14 # Rocío 2011-04-12 14:59
Hi!! Thank you so much for this article!! I'm from Spain and I'm very glad to see you liked our "pasos" of Easter. I invite you to visit and see them at first person =)

Keep the good work!
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+21 # Ron Sagnella 2011-04-12 15:52
How very special and heart moving ... We speak to God and His Mother in a thousand tongues and a thousand customs.
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+17 # George Pettrone 2011-04-12 16:01
John,
Must comment on the marked difference between the respectful Holy Week Procession scene in Spain and the very disrespectful scenes of turmoil "TFP" encountered on the campuses of our Ivy League schools just a few weeks ago. May God bless your efforts.
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+13 # Cristina Ortt 2011-04-12 16:01
I am from Latin America, it brings me wonderful memories.
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+15 # M. Eyles 2011-04-12 16:02
Absolutely magnificent. God Bless and a mostHappy Easter to you all. We need constant reminders about God always being with us, wherever we are.
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+19 # Sharon Donat 2011-04-12 16:09
What a beautiful tribute to Christ and our Blessed Mother. May all who watch these videos be blessed with peace and prosperity throughout the Easter season
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+13 # Lisa Thompson 2011-04-12 16:24
Thank-you for sending me this, beautiful!!!
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+15 # Dr. Sam Nigro 2011-04-12 16:40
Hypnotized by these metaphors of LOVE...the Church in action...the Body of Christ: Life, Sacrifice, Virtue, Love, Humanity, Peace, Freedom, Death...Thank you Spain..
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+20 # Connie Hughes 2011-04-12 16:45
How amazing to see such a public display of devotion and respect of the faith! It makes me proud to be a Catholic! Thanks for sharing!
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+4 # tokosk16 2011-04-12 16:50
i wish this is not only about procession, but about strong faith.
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+6 # Patricia F. Burkett 2011-04-12 17:15
What a blessing to view these video clips. Though envy is a sin, I cannot help but wish our own country paid such tribute to our Lady and this time of year. Thank you for sharing it!
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-1 # Legate 2014-04-15 14:11
Quoting Patricia F. Burkett:
What a blessing to view these video clips. Though envy is a sin, I cannot help but wish our own country paid such tribute to our Lady and this time of year. Thank you for sharing it!


I don't think that's the kind of envy God minds. He'd probably like us to pray that something like that would happen here.:)
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+8 # Anne Marie Gangi 2011-04-12 17:28
Truely an unbelievable beautiful tribute to Our Lady of Sorrows, and the Passion of Christ!!!!!!Amen, Praise Be Jesus, Amen
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+6 # Ron Joy 2011-04-12 17:29
Yhe inspiration and devotion given by these videos is Priceless. Knowing that the love and faith in our Lord and his blessed Mother is so strong, enhances the reality in Spain as it should in our Country. Thank You so much for these videos and you can be sure that I ill be sharing them with others. God Bless
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+7 # Alvaro Gomez Mejia 2011-04-12 17:41
!!!En todo caso, que viva España!!!!!!
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+6 # Elda 2011-04-12 17:51
Very impresived
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+4 # Frqnk 2011-04-12 18:08
Her eyes look as they were in 1951 when she came to me requesting I found the apostolate you will read about on the below blog site and known to my bishop

(one word only). Sanctuary house.tumblr.com
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+7 # Edward Glennon 2011-04-12 18:52
Good to see Catholic Tradition is alive and well in Spain - May God and His Blessed Mother Shower Spain with abundant graces
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+8 # Maria Davis 2011-04-12 18:59
In a world where God is becoming extinct, I am so glad to see there is faith left among us. Thanks for sharing this faith.
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-1 # Clive Edwards 2013-06-19 22:00
Maria, Are you by any chance the Maria Davis married to Peter Davis whom I knew in Cali, Colombia?
If so, I would really love to hear from you.

Clive
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+10 # Mia Inez Archer 2011-04-12 19:40
We need to do this HERE....!!!
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+6 # August Schwab 2011-04-12 19:41
My wife and I thourgouholy enjoyed!
What devotion
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+9 # lourdes & juan falla 2011-04-12 19:48
many thanks for sharing these videos with us. They are evidence that not all is lost and that our Faith reigns in our hearts. God bless Spain and the Catholic tradition in the world.
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+6 # Laraine Hofmann 2011-04-12 19:49
This is one of the things I loved about Spain, not only this most beloved devotion, but people would walk for miles in their barefeet on pilgrimage to shrines of Our Lady throughout the country on her feastdays. I saw people crawl on their kneeds through the church and up the steps to kiss the feet of the statues of Jesus. It was truly moving and beautiful to behold!
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+7 # ana ormonde 2011-04-12 20:00
What a beautiful display of love and devotion. I remember as a little girl in Azores, Portugal where I was born of doing processions like these. My sister would dress as Our Lady of Sorrows and sing in Latin the Sorrows of Mary.
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+3 # Laura 2011-04-12 20:15
This is beautiful! I love the display of devotion. I have a question, tho - and maybe I am misunderstanding something, but in the first video, I am guessing that it is taking place on Good Friday(?)... I am curious to know why there are drums and horns since it is during Lent and not Laetare Sunday? Just curious. I hope everyone has a blessed Easter! God bless!
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+5 # Richard Clifford 2011-04-12 20:53
Easter is truly the year's culmination. The Spanish know how to bring the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus to life. Many Spanish speaking people have brought their traditions across to the Latin American countries, and, more recently, here to the United States! This is true inspiration! What a holiday Easter is!
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+5 # Brenda Cavallaro 2011-04-12 21:21
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tradition the people of Spain celebrate each year. How I wish we in America would follow in their example with such love and devotion! May we who consecrate our nation and hearts to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, grow in faith, holiness and love. Jesus we trust in YOU!!
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+6 # Joe Cober 2011-04-12 22:39
Quoting Patricia F. Burkett:
What a blessing to view these video clips. Though envy is a sin, I cannot help but wish our own country paid such tribute to our Lady and this time of year. Thank you for sharing it!

I started yearly simple procession in May, in Guelph. Do the same in your place. [email protected]
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+6 # Eleanor 2011-04-13 00:13
Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing....It brought tears to my eyes as I recall the way we celebrate the Holy Week in the Philippines. Our family has an image of the Dolorosa" (Our Lady of Sorrows) which joins the procession during Good Friday. The whole family up to the grandchildren participates in the 8 mile long procession.It is indeed a sacrifice and we love it..inspite of the distance never get tired..the experiece is so uplifting and fulfilling..
Blessings to all this Holy Week....Eleanor
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+6 # G & M Czarnecki 2011-04-13 00:44
VERY MOVING, GOD BLESS..
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+4 # Jamie 2011-04-13 03:06
Thank you so much for sharing theses beautiful videos. God bless you all for the love you share with the whole world.
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+5 # christopher 2011-04-13 05:33
+JMJ+

Brilliant, Awesome and Thanks for sharing these with us.
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+9 # Maureen 2011-04-13 05:54
Thanks so much for sharing. I am watching these videos with my children. It's too bad we can't do something like this in the USA. I think it would be refreshing for people to be able to come out and watch a procession like this. It is very inspiring and shows the richness of our faith.
Let's keep Spain in our prayers because their morals and traditions are being attacked these days like everywhere else with gay marriage, abortion, church vandalism, Mass interruptions, etc.
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+8 # Danuta 2011-04-13 07:38
Dearest Mary, pray for us and the world. My the traditions from Spain, show the world that she is the Queen of the World.
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+7 # Danuta 2011-04-13 07:41
Holy Mary pray for us. May the traditions from Spain show the world that SHE is the Queen of the world. How moving the experience of watching the videos was.
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+7 # Patricia Alpiste 2011-04-13 08:04
Made me cry, so moving and beautiful. I pray our Holy Mother will continue to move our hearts and minds. Thank you Holy Mother for your Son. Happy Easter to all.
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+5 # Linda Quinto-Shepher 2011-04-13 08:20
What a beautiful tradition of displaying Mother Mary and her Son, the Christ.It is very deep and moving showing the reverence that we as His people maintains and demonstrate especially during this Holy Season of the year. We should emulate their tradition.
Linda Quinto-Shepherd
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+10 # Elizabeth Ruston 2011-04-13 08:31
I'm sure the Lord and the Blessed Mother is so happy with the devotion and love display here for them.
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+4 # ESTHER AMSTUTZ 2011-04-13 08:41
I AM FROM MEXICO AND WE HAVE THIS DEVOTIONS TOO - HAPPY EASTER EVERY ONE !
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+6 # Tania 2011-04-13 10:15
I am from the tiny island of Malta and we have these processions in my country too. They are held in practically every town and village and we have triumphant ones on Easter morning with the statue of The Risen Christ.
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+8 # Enrique Munita 2011-04-13 11:13
Wonderful expression of our most noble catholic traditions: our love for the sorrowful passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His sorrowful mother,always at His side, pleading for us.
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+7 # Gail Craddock 2011-04-13 11:23
Thank you all for sharing your traditions of Jesus and the Bless Mother Mary with us my God bless you all.
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+6 # amanda curran 2011-04-13 11:31
WHAT BEAUTIFUL VIDEOS THAT REMINDED ME OF THE BEAUTY OF HOLY WEEK. JESUS AND MARY DESERVE OUR LOVE AND OUR GRATITUDE, THE BEAUTY OF THESE VIDEOS ROOTED IN ME A DEEP DESIRE TO REPAY JESUS FOR ALL HE HAS DONE FOR THROUGH PRAYER AND SACRIFICE! JESUS I TRUST IN YOU!
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+6 # rafaelmarie 2011-04-13 11:42
Siento gran orgullo que Espania es la Madre Patria de los paises Hispanos en America cuando veo estos gran devociones que los Espanioles tienen para Dios y la Virgen!

Ojala que Espania es salvado de toda la corrupcion que esta consumiendo al resto de Europa, y sea el pais que otra vez lo salvara a Europa con su fe Santa Catolica-Romana.

Que Dios los bendige.
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+7 # amanda 2011-04-13 12:37
God Bless and thank you!
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+7 # Jemellee 2011-04-13 12:56
It really good to see that Catholic tradition is still in the hearts of the people in Spain. This is comparatively similar to what we have in the Phils. when the 'Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno' or the Black Nazarene is processed on His feast day and during Good Friday. The Black Nazarene is enshrined at the Basilica of San Pedro de Bautista in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines.
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+4 # Delfin Estanislao 2011-04-13 14:12
Very wonderful tradition. However, there's another tradition that you can visit. Travel to Philippines go to Marikina City and there you will see pasos or carrosas full of images depicting Christ Passion. Life size images and carrosas adorn with fresh flower. Images cloth in real fabrics.
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+10 # Imelda 2011-04-13 17:35
This made me cry! This so BEAUTIFUL. The AMAZING LOVE AND FAITH.
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+12 # María Cristina 2011-04-14 13:09
This processions are a beautiful and solemn ways in which we can meditate on the Passion and Death of Our Lord.

Being born in Colombia, South America, I can recommend highly to all of you who might have the opportunity to be in this country during Lenten Season, to witness the beautiful and most solemn processions of the Lord's Passion that take place in the cities of Mompós and Popayán.

These "Pasos" or "Steps" are not only witnessed by the local community but by people that come from all over the world.

It is my wish that someday, you can be there and see for yourself the beauty and reverence displayed during this most Holy Season.
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+13 # María Cristina 2011-04-14 13:21
Being from Colombia, South America, I can highly recommend the processions of Our Lord during Holy week that are held in the cities of Mompós and Popayán.

These beautiful and solemn processions are very similar to the ones in Spain and are very well attended by the local and international communities.

What a wonderful way to meditate on the AWESOME sacrifice of Our Lord on the Cross.
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+8 # ANA MARIA 2011-04-14 18:25
hermosa virgencita! cuidanos y protegenos siempre..paz para este mundo! att. ana martorell
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+23 # Rosal 2011-04-14 19:20
I love it!!! Has anyone wondered why on earth we in the USA don't have anything like this??? I would be the first one to be there.
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+23 # Sergio F. De Paz 2011-04-16 11:36
Absolutely, Extremely Spiritual Rewarding.

This is Our TRUE Catholic Heritage that the enemies of the Catholic Church insist in Hiding or Destroying; more sadly some "Modern" Catholic Church have replaced Traditional Customs with Satanic Rock and Roll and more. etc. etc.
May Our Lady Of Fatima accelerate Her Assured TRIUMPH
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+6 # Margarita Bendana 2011-04-16 21:46
Que nuestra Virgencita protega a nuestra juventud especialmente en estos tiempos de ateismo y corrupcion. Ruega por nosotros querida Madre de Dios.
Margarita
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+22 # soneata 2011-04-17 13:13
My Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of the living God, have Mercy on us sinners.
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+18 # Joseph Marovich 2011-04-18 08:48
Since there are so many of these processions held in many countries, it would seem logical that the Spanish, Philippines, and other countries that have citizens here in the U.S. would try to have the same processions in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, and other American cities. It would be so beautiful and attractive so many fallen away Catholics.
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+8 # Helena 2011-04-20 11:06
I have witnessed a similar procession of the Hispanic community in Baltimore, MD. It is very striking.
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+2 # Mary Ann Kreitzer 2011-04-22 19:09
I find this very sad when you consider that Spain has the second lowest birthrate in Europe and Catholicism is losing ground. Is it nothing more than a cultural practice for most people where they can buy special baked goods and go watch a parade/procession?

I visited my daughter in Spain ten years ago when she was teaching there and was surprised at how few children there were. And the families I saw with children had only one or two. Very sad.
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+14 # Aurea Mendoza-Martin 2011-04-27 07:48
Quoting Edward Glennon:
Good to see Catholic Tradition is alive and well in Spain - May God and His Blessed Mother Shower Spain with abundant graces

I came from the Philippines and this was a tradition I grew up with. Every Easter we have these processions depicting the passion of Christ It helped me to understand how much God loves us in giving us His son to suffer and die on the cross to save us and bring us back to Him. This is what is lacking in a lot of places (countries).
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-2 # Jessica 2011-05-10 12:17
Great show. But seriously, Spain also legalized homosexual legal unions... Spain must back-up what it likes to show, for those of us who not only like to SEE Spain, but also READ about it.
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+5 # Jorge 2012-01-28 07:44
Holy Week in Castilla y León (Zamora, Salamanca, Valladolid...) is one of the cultural and popular manifestations that attract the highest number of tourists too.

http://youtu.be/Pd78Nv9J_Ks
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+8 # Anastacia 2012-03-15 11:27
Keep in mind the government and liberals pass these laws. The processions are beautiful!!!
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+9 # Mike 2012-03-16 12:06
Very impressive. We have processions here in Canada sometimes but nothing like this. Beautiful. I'd love to take part in something like this.
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+15 # Sylvester 2012-03-16 12:09
I am from Nigeria in Africa this period we really need this kind of show to remind us of JESUS passion and on the need for us to adore God and live good lives toward our fellow humans, avoid vices when kept in position of authority.
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+12 # Celia 2012-03-16 15:08
Thank you for these wonderful videos. This is one of the greatest LEGACIES that SPAIN had given my country, the PHILIPPINES. This is the highlight of our LENTEN CELEBRATION and a great reminder of what LENT is all about.
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+11 # Vina 2012-03-16 16:14
Philippines for 3oo years was under the Spanish rule. We have processions like these not only during lent, for which we have life sized statues the Mater Dolorosa,Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Peter holding keys and a cock by his foot, etc. that happens in every parish.We have processions in other events such as a fiesta to honor a patron saint;during the feast of Christ the King;feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; the Santacruzan, to honor the Blessed MOther ;etc. I remember when I was a child, we really covered the streets with the best linens in the procession wherein the monstrance is carried by the priest. I don't believe it is only cultural, the people really have processions as an act of faith and piety.
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+10 # Maria 2012-03-16 16:36
We as people of true faith should ALWAYS show your faith and not separate it form whatever. These are not ashame of their faith because in the judgement day God will say come here to right side you blessed one and those who hide our Lord will be punished to everlasting fire. Amen.
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+20 # Maria 2012-03-16 16:42
Every country will have to answer to God someday why these processions are not done in the US? where there is so much pervesion, abortion and homosexuality who knows but we need them so God will have mercy on us. Nobody has a special pass to heaven nobody.
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+4 # Debbie 2012-03-16 17:33
Sad that here in America we have lost most of the traditions of our Faith. Most parishes are more concerned with the money they take in than the people.
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+12 # Kathleen Riney 2012-03-16 17:49
The only way to take back our Culture is to take the Eucharist to the streets!! We always had Processions in this country, during lent & other occasions. All businesses closed on Good Friday!! If they didn't close for the whole day, they closed at 12 noon & we all went to a Church, even a lot of people who were not Catholic came!! America has not always been dead spiritually!!!
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+7 # Marie Czarnecki 2012-03-16 18:48
This is beautiful, and wished we could have something like this in the US of A.
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-3 # Rachel 2012-03-16 18:52
Why are ppl CLAPPING, they shld be BOWING their heads in prayer. What? The passion of our Lord is entertainment??? I agree that PRACTICING Catholocism is far more important than parades, or displays of this nature. It's all for show and NO FAITH! Gheez!
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+2 # narcisa martinez 2012-03-16 18:54
Yo naci en Cuba y mi padre era Asturiano. Estoy en lo Estados Unidos hace mucho tiempo y como la fe en Espanya no hay nada igual en el mundo entero! Lastima seria si Espanya no fuera asi y aun asi hay much desviacion ahi tambien porque el infierno esta echando candela por donde quiera que puede. Todos debemos de velar para que no nos muerda el leon rugiente.
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-2 # Benito 2012-03-17 00:10
I am praying Jesus to send angels to punish whoever is trying to practice evil. We are here on the earth without
enough protection and without the real love among each and all of us as brothers and sisters. I copyrighted in November
2011 the managements of SELF CONTROL RULE
- PERFORMANCE SECURITY which should be law in all the world by the grace of Jesus.
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+4 # Donald Clive Schieme 2012-03-17 01:15
The third secret of Fatima has something interesting to say about Spain. no prizes for guessing what that is. What a fantastic expression of Faith. words fail me
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+6 # Danuta Slowiak 2012-03-17 08:41
Very moving and in more than one way is preparing us to Holly Week. To be with Christ during His last days on the earth. It is so good to see, that Spain's culture is reach and beautiful. May God bless all who believe and will be with Christ and suffer with HIM.
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+7 # Monica Artieda 2012-03-17 23:43
check on you tube: "senor de los milagros en Virginia 2011" It would be great to have a procession like this one here in the States.
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0 # Dennis Trazo 2013-03-19 12:49
I've seen that! We should display our faith as God would be pleased. I would love to see this devotion grow in size and sacrality.
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+1 # Virginia Katsaounis 2012-03-18 12:50
Quoting Rachel:
Why are ppl CLAPPING, they shld be BOWING their heads in prayer. What? The passion of our Lord is entertainment??? I agree that PRACTICING Catholocism is far more important than parades, or displays of this nature. It's all for show and NO FAITH! Gheez!

If they didn't have faith, they wouldn't have this in there city anywhere. Don't judge!
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+6 # Virginia Katsaounis 2012-03-18 12:53
If they didn't have faith. They wouldn't celebrate anywhere. Clapping is just a way to introduse the start. You just don't understand. Don't judge!
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+4 # Melissa Mcall 2012-03-18 23:19
The processions were so beautiful what a joy to experience.
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+7 # Sergio Enriquez 2012-03-19 01:27
CATHOLICS UNITE!! THE WAR AGAINST THE FAITH IS ON ONCE AGAIN. LET US BEGIN TO LIVE THE CATHOLIC FAITH AS WE SHOULD AND WAGE BATTLE AGAINST THE ENEMIES OF THE CHURCH WITH A STRONG FAITH,DEDICATED FORTITUDE,PRAYER,CONVICTION!LE T US BEGIN A NEW CRUSADE AGAINST THE PERVERSE SATANIC IDEOLOGY THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN EVERY LAND! PRAY MY CATHOLIC BROTHERS AND SISTERS, PRAY AND ACT IN THE NAME OF CHRIST OUR LORD FOR HOLY MOTHER CHURCH AND FOR OUR CATHOLIC FAITH!PRAY TO THE BLESSED MOTHER AND ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL FOR THEIR PROTECTION AGAINST SATAN AND THE ENEMIES OF THE TRUE FAITH! CATHOLICS UNITE!!!!
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+4 # maripe 2012-03-19 03:43
Here in the Philippines the Carosa and Nazareno used for Lenten processions are usually donated by families to the Catholic Church. It has been a tradition by our family to have procession within our village every Holy Week and male members of our family push the Carosa. Should anyone be interested to order the statues, come visit Paete wood carvers here in the Philippines.
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+6 # rstevens 2012-03-19 09:09
We need one of these processions in DC to bring to mind what Christ has done for this world. Especially in light of the HHS mandate and the onslaught of abortion and Socialism in our Country!
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+4 # ralph rivera 2012-03-19 12:16
Thank you! The applause is thanksgiving to God, not for the entertainment. It's like at the Transfiguration when the apostles asked Jesus if they should build three shelters for HIM Moses, and Ezekiel, as if they needed the shelters, but it was their humble attempt to express themselves to the divine. So it is here and everywhere we find these extravagant processions of faith.
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-4 # deetee 2012-03-19 18:13
Q:
WHAT is the purpose of the POINTED HATS and MASKED FACED costumes used by the participants ?

In the U.S., THIS is the "uniform" of the Klu Klux Klan members who are racists and white supremacists that BURN crosses and terrorize people of other ethnic origins than themselves....

This seems like a SCARY and confusing comparison, but I can't understand the reasoning or meaning for the presence of these kinds of consumes, in such a holy and religious procession such as this.

Note from the Editor:

About the penitential robes

The gravity of sin allows us to understand the importance of penance. In the Middle Ages -- when these penitential robes and hood originated -- the awareness of the gravity of sin was far greater than today, and people would do penance not only in private, but also in public to give testimony to the horror of sin and the need to make reparation.

However, the Catholic Church was careful of protect the identity of the penitent, especially if the sin committed was not public. Therefore, the penitent wore a robe and a high hood to conceal his identity. The high-tipped hood and the solemn robe with cape make it impossible to know who the person wearing it is; all that remains is a grave reminder that sin calls for reparation. This garment also serves to prevent the possibility of a penitent becoming proud of his penance, since no one can recognize him.
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+3 # BT 2012-03-20 07:39
I've spent some time in Spain and was always in awe of the processions during Semana Santa. I guess the tradition of the processions is stronger than mass attendance. Too bad that the Spanish churches are virtually empty.
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+5 # Rick Reschick 2012-03-24 14:35
Quoting Marie Czarnecki:
This is beautiful, and wished we could have something like this in the US of A.

Don't just wish it do something to make it happen. It's likje saying that I wish I can go to Heaven but don't do anything to make it happen.
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+4 # paul 2012-03-27 23:27
Quoting Rick Reschick:
Quoting Marie Czarnecki:
This is beautiful, and wished we could have something like this in the US of A.

Don't just wish it, do something to make it happen. It's like saying that I wish I can go to Heaven but don't do anything to make it happen.

this is definitely time to repent and make reparations but I believe our day calls for the repentant sinner to be more open, pride being the root of all sin we need to experience humility and true sorrow for our sin.
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0 # Richard Clifford 2013-03-19 12:19
I find these videos very stunning and inspiring. I pray that all of us will do reparation this coming week for all the sins we've committed in our lives.
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0 # Dr. Patrick Foley 2013-03-19 12:26
My wife and I have enjoyed two lengthy visits to Spain. I have a doctorate (Ph.D.) in history with a focus on Catholic Spain. These videos show the beautiful devotion of so many people in Spain to the Catholic faith which has been for centuries the foundation of the land.
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0 # Dennis Trazo 2013-03-19 12:46
Thanks so much for sharing these videos. It goes to show that the regalia and pomp afforded to Mary and God her Son are appropriate and deserved.

The traditions for carrying the Vicar of Christ were once like this too. If it was appropriate then, why is it abolished now?

My reasoning is if we have processions with mere statues but hold them to the highest regard as if it were Mary and Jesus in real life, we do it out of reverence and symbolism.

This should also include our reverence for the papacy.

Now everyone seems to like the idea of poverty in the Church. These videos reflect a true spirit of poverty.
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0 # Dale Hunt 2013-03-19 13:24
Watching these videos brings back childhood memories of when I lived in and around Sevilla, Spain from 1957-60, when my dad was stationed there in the US Air Force. These celebrations, floats and processions are very elaborate and people intense. Everybody comes out to celebrate and get involved. These all occur during Semana Santa or All Saints Week just before Easter every year. Seems like each church in Sevilla had their own procession for their parishioners and every little town had their own too. It was an honor to be one of the men who carried the float on their shoulders. The entire city shut down for Semana Santa and all of the streets would be packed with processions and onlookers. I remember this time very vividly from so many years ago. Thank you for the memories. I might add, I am a Methodist but attended a Catholic school for part of my childhood. Happy Easter everyone.
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0 # Oscar Salvosa 2013-03-19 14:15
I truly admire the people of Seville &
Malaga for continuing to carry out this
beautiful traditional procession depicting the heroic suffering & passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ & the most bitter sorrows of Our Blessed Mother. May this touch the hearts of those modern people who ignore Our Lord Jesus Christ & Our Blessed Mother even in these last remaining years before the JUDGMENT, SECOND COMING OF CHRIST here on earth!
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+1 # Robert Chester 2013-03-19 14:17
"Per Crucem Ad Lucem"
Through the cross to the LIGHT!
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+1 # Catherine 2013-03-19 16:41
Do you know the title and composer of the hauntingly beautiful music played with the first video? It's very moving.
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+1 # Judith 2013-03-19 17:01
Thank you so much for sending this to me--this brought a smile to my lips and heart. May Jesus come again soon--we are so in need of Him...
Blessings for your work

Judith York
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+1 # Samuel Dominguez 2013-03-19 17:13
Beautiful. Very emotional.
We also have some beautiful "Semana Santa" Holy Week traditions here in New Mexico which we inherited from our Spanish ancestors who settled this area starting in 1598.
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+1 # Veronica Franek 2013-03-19 23:51
What a marvelous way to show respect,
honor, and love of the Blessed Mother,who
endured such great sorrow, and Our Saviour
who suffered so greatly for all of us.
Also, providing a way for the penitent to
express contrition for their sins. Maybe,
with seeing these traditions exemplified
in this manner, we may learn to follow in
some avenue of our own. Thank you to all
concerned for providing this uplifting
spiritual expression of our faith during
this Lenten Season.
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+1 # Veronica Franek 2013-03-20 00:06
What a marvelous way to show the love,
honor and respect of the Blessed Mother's
sorrow, and the Saviours great suffering.
Such a wonderful manner, such grandeur
reverence by so many people in public.
Also, enabling the penitent to be able to
participate with them.This is a good
example for us to imitate in our own way.
Thank you to all concerned for providing
these highly spiritual and uplifting
video's to enhance our Lenten journey.
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+1 # John 2013-03-20 12:18
So moving. I had goose bumps while watching these videos.
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+1 # John Lash 2013-03-20 14:25
Very beautiful and inspiring processions
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0 # Kenyi 2013-03-20 16:09
God bless Catholics and everyone.

I hope Pope Francis will bring traditional Catholic back.
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+1 # Andres Pereira 2013-06-03 22:24
LA GLORIA PARA LA GRAN SENORA TRIANA.
SALUDOS DESDE GUATEMALA,SENORA SEVILLANA BENDICE EL MUNDO CON PAZ, AMOR Y ABUNDANCIA.
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+1 # Richard Clifford 2014-04-15 15:18
Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God for these videos! And thank you all for them!
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+1 # Virginia Duhon 2014-04-15 15:21
Thank you so much for the beautiful videos of Holy Week in Spain. I wish we had something like this in the U.S. They were very inspiring processions. I wish everyone a very Holy Week and Easter.
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+1 # Lou J Apa 2014-04-15 18:09
Thank you for these reminders of my own youth when this was a practiced in my hometown in New Jersey when the "galleggiante sfilato religiosa" {religious procession float} was used in worship! Praise God, blessed is he who comes in the name of The Lord, Hosanna in the highest! lja/JMJ
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+3 # Susie Sauceda 2014-04-15 19:16
Not just in Spain do they have these beautiful processions but in Mexico as well. IN SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO. It is called the silent procession; you don't hear a drop and everyone is silent as they process to the beat of a sad drum. It takes about 2 1/2 hours and ends with the "DOLOROSA" BLESSED MOTHER dressed in black.
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0 # ralph rivera 2014-04-18 17:03
Thank you!
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0 # henry walling 2014-04-19 20:58
I am from Peru in the month of October mainly on the days of the 18th and 19th
Lima, Peru has the largest proccesion in the Christian world so says the Vatican, over a million people come out to actively come to follow Our Patron Saint, El Senor De los Milagros, most of the people who come out don't just stand on the sides they follow the procession that starts about 5am on either day and winds through the old quarters of till 2am and starts again at 5am till 2am when El Senor returns home. If you are into these religious events come to Lima at least one October.
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