Chimayó Easter Pilgrimage

Cross of Faith

Evangeline Chavez 2010

While photographing the Santuario pilgrimage, I watched as  they walked in snow flurries, in the wind and cold but it did not stop them on their trek to Chimayo, so this page is dedicated to them.

During Holy Week thousands of pilgrims journey to El Santuario de Chimayó, a tiny shrine in northern New Mexico. They leave from their homes, or their cars parked on the roadside, to walk 10, 20, 30, or even 100 miles to reach Chimayo. In the darkness before Good Friday, pilgrims line the highways north of Santa Fe carrying crosses and glow sticks. By Easter Sunday tens of thousands of worshipers pass through the doors of the little chapel, built almost 200 years ago on a site that is sacred to many Pueblo Indians and descendants of Spanish settlers. Many do the journey to full fill a promise, some in hope of a miracle, others in penance of their sins, what ever the reason is, you can not help feeling the presence of faith.

Click on to see Chimayo images.

If you see an image that you would like to have, email me at, and I will email it to you.

~ by Evangeline Art Photography on March 31, 2013.

2 Responses to “Chimayó Easter Pilgrimage”

  1. When I went Good Friday there were thousands of walkers and people driving to Chimayo,.
    On one of the photos on the web site , third row last picture you can see a small glimpse of the traffic going there. It took hours to drive a short distance to the chapel, but it was worth it to see all the faithful walkers, their stories , and the distance it took to get there.

  2. Walking in snow flurries. You really have to have the faith to make those walks. I never knew so many people attended on Easter Day.

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