2017 Passion of the Lord Procession II

The next day everyone reconvened at Cathedral for a service the began at 4 pm.  

Passion of Our Lord Procession Jesus statue

I was able to get a great position right up front, standing a bit off to the right hand side. 

Passion of Our Lord Procession religious banner

When I covered my first Procession in 2012, I showed a little respect and hung out at the back, not wanting to interfere too much with the proceedings. 

Passion of Our Lord Procession Cathedral with stained glass and candles

Respect is a noble trait and all but it gets you nowhere when you’re trying to get good shots, so I did away with that this time, and got as close as I could, reminiscent of Jane Law during the 2014 St. Anthony Procession, who got two feet away from the priest sometimes.

Passion of Our Lord Procession candles

I think a couple of the clergy members didn’t appreciate my presence too much and I could feel their cold penetrating stare from across the room.

Passion of Our Lord Procession Cathedral clergy Passion of Our Lord Procession clergy with statue inside Cathedral

Anyway, the highlight of the sermon seemed to be when a woman in white stood on a chair and unfurled a Jesus banner, to the delight of everyone in the room.

Passion of Our Lord Procession woman in white Passion of Our Lord Procession woman in white unfurling a Jesus banner

At 4:45 pm the procession began and there were probably twice the amount of participants compared to Saturday night.

Passion of Our Lord Procession begins outside Cathedral Passion of Our Lord Procession young girls in white dresses Passion of Our Lord Procession young girls in white outside of Cathedral

Everyone filed out according to rank, with the foot soldiers first and the royalty last.

Passion of Our Lord Procession cross outside of Cathedral

There were a lot more devotees following the Procession than the previous evening, with Cathedral Square particularly busy.

Passion of Our Lord Procession men carrying a canopy Passion of Our Lord Procession outside of CathedralPassion of Our Lord Procession with senior clergy membersPassion of Our Lord Procession Jesus statue and bald head

They retraced their steps from the previous evening, taking the same route back through Senado Square to St. Dominic Church.  

Passion of Our Lord Procession in Senado Square

With no sign of sun anywhere, it was the perfect weather for such a solemn event.

Passion of Our Lord Procession two girls in Senado Square Passion of Our Lord Procession cross in Senado Square Passion of Our Lord Procession Jesus statue in Senado SquarePassion of Our Lord Procession Jesus statue outside of St. Dominic Church

Afterwards, they continued along Rua S. Domingos to Pedro Nolasco da Silva.

To see the end of the Procession, just click the link below!

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