Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The gathering

The church of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Parral was intimate. The crowd was not as large as the previous day but slowly as townspeople figured out what was happening they trickled into the church. But this journey is not about the numbers of faithful that turn out to see the statue of La Virgen. The journey has largely been about the pilgrims from New Mexico discovering how powerful the devotion to La Virgen actually is in Mexico. And this journey has also been about people in Mexico discovering that their most important devotion also exists across la frontera, on the other side.
People gather around the statue after the Mass.

The commotion catches the attention of passing motorists.

The blessing of the statue

Samara Lopez Gonzalez, 8, kisses the statue as her brother José Miguel Silva Lopez, 12, stands atop the truck with his sister.

Jesús Diaz, 6, and his sister Jaime Diaz, 3, watch the blessing.

Mauro and his sister Magdalena Baeza are helped down from the ramp by Ricardo Herrera, top left, and Bernardo Peña Silva, right.

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