Blessing the Palms, Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

Ornate woven palm creations and bunches of leaves are carried on Palm Sunday. During the blessing on the steps of the Cathedral, the palms and leaves are raised into the air and shaken. The archbishop presided and a choir sang.

Prelude to Holy Week, Seville, Spain

Procession of a Paso

Holy Week is woven into the culture of Seville and southern Spain. Ornate floats,  or pasos, are carried through the streets from local churches to the Cathedral.  Though it is Friday and Holy Week doesn’t start for two days, I saw a small procession tonight. Apparently, neighborhoods that aren’t in processions that enter the Cathedral parade the paso early. The paso is carried on poles by groups of men that can range from 20 to 50, depending on the size and weight of the paso.  The men are hidden under the hanging side drapes.

A paso dealing with the crucifixion is always first in a procession. Tonight it was the only one.

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