2017 Passion of Our Lord Procession III

Once they got to Rua do Campo they turned right, and headed back towards Cathedral.

Passion of Our Lord Procession on Rua de Campo Passion of Our Lord Procession on Rua de Campo with purple banners

On the Praia Grande, the Procession stopped and prayed for a second time.

Passion of Our Lord Procession girls in white on Rua de Campo Passion of Our Lord Procession girls praying on Rua de Campo

The sidewalks continued to be packed with people and it was clear that the Procession was only picking up devotees as it moved along.

Passion of Our Lord Procession Jesus statue on Rua de CampoPassion of Our Lord Procession girl carrying cross on Rua de CampoPassion of Our Lord Procession man carrying Jesus statue on Rua de CampoPassion of Our Lord Procession three girls in white outside of Cathedral

At Calcado de S. Joao they turned right and made their way up to the Cathedral, where the Procession had started an hour earlier. 

Passion of Our Lord Procession climbing up to Cathedral Macau Passion of Our Lord Procession approaching Senado Square

By the time they got back to Senado Square, it was nearly 6:10 pm.

Passion of Our Lord Procession returns to Senado Square

The sky was starting to dim as the Procession marched on, treading over the well worn black and white sea tile that’s so symbolic of Macau.

Passion of Our Lord Procession walks through Senado Square

Before entering St. Dominic Church, everyone knelt and prayed for a third time, their journey almost complete.

Passion of Our Lord Procession outside of St. Dominic ChurchPassion of Our Lord Procession kneeling in Senado Square

Personally speaking, I enjoy the Fatima Procession a lot more, even though this one is generally considered to be more spectacular, something I saw no evidence of.  The Fatima one happens at night and I think the route is better, winding South along the Praia Grande, Avenida Republica and then up Barra Hill.  It also feels a lot more intimate too, especially when the devotees start singing as they close in on Penha Church. 

Of course for the religious minded I’m sure they’ll enjoy both Processions equally well.  I always just play the part of a curious spectator trying to make some magic happen with a camera. 

Passion of Our Lord Procession ends and enters St. Dominic Church

If you’d like to see more pictures of this event, just follow the link here to the Photobook: 2017 Passion of Our Lord Procession

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