2017 Passion of the Lord Procession II
The next day everyone reconvened at Cathedral for a service the began at 4 pm.
I was able to get a great position right up front, standing a bit off to the right hand side.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At 4:45 pm the procession began and there were probably twice the amount of participants compared to Saturday night.
Everyone filed out according to rank, with the foot soldiers first and the royalty last.
There were a lot more devotees following the Procession than the previous evening, with Cathedral Square particularly busy.
They retraced their steps from the previous evening, taking the same route back through Senado Square to St. Dominic Church.
With no sign of sun anywhere, it was the perfect weather for such a solemn event.
Afterwards, they continued along Rua S. Domingos to Pedro Nolasco da Silva.
To see the end of the Procession, just click the link below!