The Significance of Easter in San Miguel
By Robin Loving
Lent, the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and repentance for devout Catholics. Here in San Miguel, it is also a time for public devotions and traditions, some dating back more than 300 years. Many take place outdoors, and visitors to San Miguel are welcome to observe and photograph them. Come to Rotary, Tuesday, April 4, to hear Patronato Pro Niños Volunteer George Tacik share a practical guide to the public events preceding Easter. The meeting will be at Hotel Mision, Salida a Queretaro 1, at 12:30pm. It will be free and in English.
Celebrating Easter in San Miguel
Tue, Apr 4, 12:30pm
Salida a Querétaro 1
415 112 3413 (SMA)
925 476 8117 (US/Canada)
Highlights of the presentation will include explanations of these events:
Sunday, April 2: Our Lord of the Pillar, when a statue of the flagellated Christ leaves the Sanctuary of Atotonilco at midnight and arrives in Colonia Independencia at 5am. Colored sawdust and flower murals are constructed throughout the night on that street. At sunrise the procession of the faithful walks by them to San Juan de Dios church.
Tuesday, April 4: Day of the Divine Prisoner, commemorating the night that Christ spent in jail after being arrested by Roman soldiers. People visit friends and relatives in prison.
Friday, April 7: Sorrowful Friday. Altars commemorating Mary’s suffering are set up in churches, on public fountains, and in some windows, doorways, and patios.
Sunday, April 9: Palm Sunday commemorates Christ’s entry into Jerusalem with several processions. People buy woven palm fronds from vendors to have them blessed inside the churches.
Monday, April 10: Holy Monday, when the arrest and imprisonment of Jesus is reenacted featuring Judas and Roman soldiers at the Oratorio church in the morning.
Tuesday, April 11: Holy Tuesday. The Lord of the Pillar is carried around in a procession in the late afternoon and then returned to the church of San Juan de Dios.
Wednesday, April 12: Holy Wednesday. A procession leaves the Oratorio church near Plaza Cívica in the late afternoon with another statue of Christ (El Señor del Golpe) and visits the Stations of the Cross.
Thursday, April 13: Maundy Thursday, when the ceremony of the washing of the feet of the apostles is reenacted at several churches with children playing the roles of the apostles.
Friday, April 14: Good Friday, when the trial, crucifixion, and burial of Christ are commemorated with several processions, the biggest ones begin at 11am from the Parroquia and at 5pm from the Oratorio.
Saturday, April 15: Holy Saturday is the day devoted to the grief of Mary following the crucifixion, beginning with a procession at 9pm, followed by masses at 10pm to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.
Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunday, when dozens of life-sized effigies of cartoon characters and politicians are exploded in front of the former city hall across from the Jardín at noon.
Twenty Patronato Pro Niños volunteers lead architectural, church, and historical tours three times weekly. One hundred percent of the proceeds goes to the support of this 47-year-old nonprofit’s work to provide medical, dental, and psychological services for the children of those with the fewest resources and least access to the resources in the area.
George Tacik, an expert in art history, who shares the stories behind the many statues, paintings, and symbols that are characteristic of all Mexican churches, including the Parroquia, will hand out the San Miguel Easter Program to all who attend this presentation.
Rotary is where neighbors, friends. and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact President Nate Fultz at firstname.lastname@example.org, see RotarySMAMidday.org, and call PPN at 152 7796.