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This Procession Consoles a Virgin Mary Mourning Her Son and Husband

Procession of Condolences

By Jesús Aguado

On Good Saturday, the Virgin of Solitude is dressed in dark and mourning colors—black and purple—and in her hand she carries a handkerchief to wipe away her tears of sorrow. The statue takes part in this procession, carried by women in mourning. 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.

This event takes place at El Oratorio on Saturday, Apr 20. A mass is held—it lasts at least two hours—and after it, the sculpture of Our Lady of Solitude is carried out of the church and strolled around the atrium.

In the end, the flowers adorning Virgin Mary are given to the attendees.

 

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