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OUR LADY OF SORROWS’ YUMMY TEAR STAINED POPSICLES

The Friday before Good Friday is for Our Lady of Sorrows.  It acknowledges Mary’s seven sorrows stretching from Jesus’ presentation at the temple and culminate in her pain at losing her only child. Altars throughout town contain symbolic elements of mourning such as sour oranges, chamomile, wheat and purple …

PALM SUNDAY – JESUS ENTERS TOWN

For Palm Sunday (El Domingo de Ramos) vendors will be selling beautiful items made of hand woven palm fronds in front of all the main churches today. Some of the best are sold at the Oratorio. For over 20 years at around 10 am at …

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

During Holy Week are countless processions devoted to depicting Jesus’ death.  One of the oldest, that started in Colonial times, follows the route of the Stations of the Cross built into the buildings of San Miguel.  The stations start from the Santa Escuela (next to …

VESPERS OF DARKNESS – WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK

Wednesday of Holy Week recalls the abandonment of Jesus with early evening services called “los matines de las tinieblas” or Vespers of Darkness. A special mass with a candelabra on the altar holds 15 candles. One candle is extinguished for each Psalm sung until finally, …

HOLY THURSDAY – VISITING SEVEN CHURCHES

Following an ancient San Miguel tradition, people visit seven churches today to view special altars depicting Jesus before his  death and eat various types of bread.  The lines to enter can be very long, so visiting any seven can take some time.  Luckily outside any church are food …

GOOD FRIDAY – JESUS SEES MARY ONE LAST TIME

On Good Friday, there are two major Catholic rituals celebrated in two different churches at different hours.  One is the encounter of Jesus with the Virgin Mother on the road to Mount Calvary during the Stations of the Cross that takes place in several streets surrounding the jardin.  …

OUR LADY OF SOLITUDE, A QUIET VIRGIN FOR A QUIET DAY

Holy Saturday in San Miguel is mostly quiet as the city waits for the joy of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, when the events of Holy Week will come to an end.  This quiet day is the feast of Our Lady of Solitude, a patroness …

EASTER SUNDAY’S PIÑATA MADNESS

oday is a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection featuring huge piñatas that explode over the jardin.  The piñatas feature politicians, Judas and celebrities not in good public favor whose dismembered paper body parts are quickly gathered by local children and sold to visitors. It is an emotional release …

DIVINE MERCY, ALL IS POSSIBLE TODAY

The Divine Mercy is a Roman Catholic devotion to the merciful love of God and the desire to let that love and mercy flow through one’s own heart towards those in need of it.  The devotion is based on the apparitions of Jesus received by Saint Faustina. Divine Mercy Sunday is the Sunday after Easter placing emphasis on the …

ST. JOSEPH, THE MOST POWERFUL SAINT

March 19th is St. Joseph’s Day. San José, the husband of the Virgin Mary, is one of the patron saints of San Miguel and the patron saint of the Catholic church. Today is marked by a late afternoon parade featuring many depictions of St. Joseph, fireworks and …

THE HOLY CROSS – CHICHIMECAS AND THE CROSS

anta Cruz (The Holy Cross) began when Constantine the Great ‘s mother, Saint Helena of Constantinople, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land returning with the original Holy Cross and other relics. The month starts in Puerto de Calderon, on the road to Celeya, the first …

CONSTRUCTION CROSSES FEED THE WORKERS

Santa Cruz (The Holy Cross) commemorates Saint Helena of Constantinople, mother of Constantine the Great, making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to find the original Holy Cross. In pre-Hispanic tradition, the date relates to the return of the rains and the indigenous’ belief that a cross’ four …