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.

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  6. Thanks Jack

    Most of the time I was hanging out of the car window trying to photograph the Santuario walkers. I was little sore the next day, dangling out the window is hard work.

  7. Great assembly of photos.

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