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Holy Week Processions Begin Wednesday

Señor del Golpe

Man portraying a Jewish at the procesion of Señor del Golpe

By Jesús Aguado

Holy Week in San Miguel de Allende kicks off this year on April 17 at 5pm with the public veneration of El Señor del Golpe (The Lord of the Blow), a statue representing Christ on his way to the Crucifixion. The procession leaves from the Church of St Raphael, adjacent to the parish church of St Michael the Archangel.

This procession begins at 4:30am with the Lord of the Blow and other statues and artifacts related to the Crucifixion proceeding in silence from El Oratorio Church to the Church of St Raphael then moving through calles Pepe Llanos, Reloj, and Portal de Guadalupe. At each station, a priest from the Oratorio order of clergy says a prayer and gives a sermon. A high cross and girls dressed in white representing angels lead the procession. The “angels” carry in their hands artifacts of the Passion: a crown of thorns, dice, and nails. Behind them other little girls carry baskets filled with mint, mastranto (a Mexican herb in the mint family), and chamomile, which they spread on the ground to prepare the path for the Lord of the Blow.

The Lord of the Blow is so named due to the wound on his left cheek, which Catholic lore says was given to him by a Roman soldier escorting Christ to his execution. The Virgin of Sorrows, a statue of the Virgin Mary representing her upon learning of the death sentence of her son, follows. The procession goes through calles Correo, Corregidora, San Francisco, Juárez, Mesones, and Núñez towards calle Calvario, the upper area of calle San Francisco. Once it reaches Calvario, the procession turns around and moves through calles San Francisco, Juárez, and Pepe Llanos, finally ending up at El Oratorio.

Lord of the Column

In San Juan de Dios, devotees also hold their own procession venerating the Lord of the Column, a statue representing a flagellated Christ, again with a scar on his cheek, but this time representing Judas’s kiss of betrayal. In this procession, Christ is also followed by a sorrowful Virgin Mary and St John the Apostle. The streets are adorned with purple and white balloons, and fabrics. The procession leaves from the San Juan de Dios Church and proceeds through the main streets of the neighborhood, again ending up at the church.

The Divine Prisoner

This procession has been held for the last eight years. The event reenacts Christ’s arrest. At the church of La Santa Escuela, a Judas enters the area carrying a bag full of jingling coins at around 8pm and kisses the church’s statue of Christ. Some chants related to the Passion traditional to San Miguel are performed by the choir from the Oratorio. Eventually, the procession with the Divine Prisoner goes through calles Correo, Corregidora, San Francisco, Plaza Principal, and Portal Allende to end up at the parish church of St Michael the Archangel.

 

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