Religious processions for next four days

Friday afternoon is when the colorful and highly photogenic funeral procession of the Crucified Christ takes place in downtown San José. Parishes all over the country will have similar commemorations for Good Friday and Easter.

Tonight the archdiocese of San José plans a 7:30 p.m. event entitled Procesión del silencio con Jesús atado a la columna. The procession commemorates the suffering of Jesus Christ after he had been in the hands of his captors and was flogged, according to New Testament accounts. The procession is from Parque Central to the El Carmen Church. Following that is a series of evening adorations in the churches.

At 10 a.m. Friday a procession features Christ carrying his cross to the site of crucifixion. In this case the crucifixion is in Parque Central amid a collection of religious figures and even the Cuerpo de Bomberos.

At 4 p.m. there is a religious service in the Catedral Metropolitana, and at 5:30 p.m., the statue of La Virgen de la Solidad leaves in procession the church of the same name to arrive at the cathedral.

Then at 6 p.m. begins at the cathedral the burial procession of Jesus. This is an elaborate production with the Banda de San José, fire fighters, actors dressed as Roman soldiers, apostles and the women such as Mary Magdalene who are mentioned in the Bible.

Saturday at 4 p.m. There is a procession from the La Soledad Church to the cathedral and back again. At 7 p.m. there is another service in the cathedral that the clergy say is the most important of the week.

Finally Sunday at 10 a.m. there is a procession from the La Merced Church to the cathedral commemorating the resurrection of Jesus. That is followed by a Mass in the cathedral officiate by Archibishop José Rafael Quirós.

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