Procession of Condolences
By Jesús Aguado, photos by Conchita Bautista
On Good Saturday, two processions take place in the city, one at the Oratorio and one at the parish church of St. Michael the Archangel.
The Virgin of Solitude is dressed in dark and mourning colors—black and purple—and in her hand she carries a tissue for wiping away her tears of sorrow. In this procession the Virgin is carried by women in mourning, and the intention is to allow the attendants to give their condolences to the sorrowful mother of Christ after His passing. The Virgin of Solitude represents strength to face the difficulties in life.
Fifteen years ago, doña Conchita Bautista started a condolence procession at El Oratorio, and the Virgin was carried through the streets of Pepe Llanos, Mesones, Reloj, and Insurgentes to get to El Oratorio. Three years ago, Bautista discontinued her involvement, and now the procession takes place just in the esplanade of El Oratorio every Holy Saturday at 6:30pm.
At 6pm a similar procession leaves from the Santa Escuela, next to the Parroquia, and follows calles Correo, Corregidora, San Francisco, Plaza Principal, and Portal Allende.