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Procession of Our Lord of the Miracle in Salta city.
Procession of Our Lord of the Miracle in Salta city.

A Holy Week procession is a public ritual march of clergy and penitents which takes place during Holy Week in Christian countries, especially those with a Catholic culture. Various images of the saints, especially the Virgin Mary, and most importantly the image of the crucified Christ are carried aloft by foot on shoulder-borne pasos (or on wheeled carrozas in the Philippines) as an act of penance; acts of mortification are carried out; traditional Christian hymns and chants are sung (except during the silent processions of Good Friday). In many confraternities of penitents, the faces of the members are covered by elaborate hoods, such as the capirote, as a way of hiding one's identity in order to not ostentatiously draw attention to oneself while performing penance. Crosses, and biers holding Catholic holy images surrounded with flowers and offerings of candles, are carried usually from one parish church to another led by the clergy, monastic orders, or heads of the penitential orders.[1]

Holy Week processions

Palm Sunday procession in Astorga (Spain)
Palm Sunday procession in Astorga (Spain)

Local customs

Argentina

Colombia

'The Chained Man' procession in Sartène (Corsica)
'The Chained Man' procession in Sartène (Corsica)

Corsica

Guatemala

Procession, Antigua, Guatemala
Procession, Antigua, Guatemala

Main article: Holy Week processions in Guatemala

Honduras

Italy

Holy Week Procession in Trapani (Italy)
Holy Week Procession in Trapani (Italy)
Holy Week procession in Taranto (Italy)
Holy Week procession in Taranto (Italy)

Trapani, Taranto, Chieti, Sulmona,

Malta

Mexico

Main article: Holy Week in Mexico

Peru

Philippines

Main article: Holy Week in the Philippines

Portugal

Main article: Holy Week in Braga

Spain

Paso of Holy Week in Salamanca.
Paso of Holy Week in Salamanca.
Holy Week procession in Valladolid (Spain)
Holy Week in Zamora

Main article: Holy Week in Spain

Noted sculptors of Holy Week pasos

See also

References