Viacrucis of Living Stations of the Cross is performed at the UAG

The celebration of the Viacrucis of Living Stations of the Cross at the UAG is a traditional event organized by the Department of Arts and Culture and the Dean's Office of Science and Technology of the UAG.

Viacrucis of Living Stations of the Cross is performed at the UAG
Viacrucis of Living Stations of the Cross. Photos and text: UAG Press Bulletin

Prior to Holy Week and the beginning of vacations, the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG) and the Student Federation of Jalisco held the traditional Living Stations of the Cross, in which students recreated the main characters of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The event took place in the Plaza de Banderas of the University City of the UAG.
Characterized according to the period, the participants staged the 14 stations of the Passion and Death, while a group of readers recited the verses of the Romancero de la Vía Dolorosa written by the tapatío priest Benjamín Sánchez Espinoza, whose pseudonym was Fray Asinello; Premio Jalisco en Letras in 1960 and who died in 2011.

Between stations, prayers were recited and hymns typical of Holy Week were sung.

The Pilgrimage consists of 14 stations, which are the following: I. Jesus is sentenced to death; II. Jesus embraces the cross; III. Jesus falls for the first time; IV. Jesus meets with his mother; V. The Cyrenean helps carry the cross; VI. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus; VII. Jesus falls a second time; VIII. Jesus consoles the pious women; IX. Jesus falls a third time; X. Jesus is stripped naked and watered with gall and vinegar; XI. Jesus is nailed to the cross; XII. Jesus dies on the cross; XIII. Jesus is unnailed from the cross and placed in his mother's arms; and XIV. The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb.

The representation of Jesus Christ.
The representation of Jesus Christ.

Once the tour was over, the poem "No me mueve mi Dios para quererte" (My God does not move me to love you) was sung, a classic work of the Spanish Golden Age whose author is not fully identified; some attribute it to St. John of the Cross, others to St. Teresa of Avila and other writers.

The representation of Jesus Christ was in charge of César Andrés Aguas, and of the Virgin Mary, Juliana Ceja. Other characters were the Roman soldiers, the apostle John and the women of Jerusalem.

The celebration of the Viacrucis de Estampas Vivientes of the UAG is a traditional event organized by the Department of Arts and Culture and the Dean's Office of Science and Technology of the UAG.

Holy Week is one of the most important religious festivities in the nation since most people are devout Catholics. And although the religion is the same, in different states of the country it is carried out in different ways, that is why here we tell you the 4 most popular processions in Mexico.

Because this religious celebration has different and special activities, depending on each state, it is usually the center of attention for thousands of tourists from all over the world, which has consolidated them as one of the greatest expressions of Mexican culture, and a center of the study of the Catholic religion.

It should be noted that Holy Week is composed of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, religious events of great relevance for Catholics, as well as the procession, especially on Holy Thursday and Good Friday (April 1 and 2). This is because it seeks to represent the important moments that the Son of God went through, including the crucifixion.

The Stations of the Cross Iztapalapa, Mexico City

The Viacrucis, the way of the cross, is one of the most representative moments, and every year, in the Cerro de la Estrella, in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, the believers stage this procession, which is composed of his arrest to his crucifixion. According to the Gospel, Jesus Christ carried the cross where he would be nailed and this event was followed by thousands of believers and non-believers.

Procession of Silence, San Luis Potosí

It is undoubtedly one of the 4 most important processions in Mexico since it dates back to 1953, promoted by the devotion to the Virgin of Solitude and by the bullfighting community of that time. It is characterized mainly by the attire of the various brotherhoods (or cofradías). The costumes are composed of tunics and long cone-shaped hats. Some wear crosses and do not wear shoes.

Procession of the Christs, Taxco, Guerrero

In the procession of the Christs in Taxco, Guerrero, dozens of religious images of Jesus on the Cross parade, coming from different parts of the city or nearby communities. It is led by the Christ of the Veracruz Church, better known as "El General", which is said to be very miraculous. The route is almost 10 kilometers long and lasts more than 5 hours.

Procession of Silence, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro

Twenty-four brotherhoods and sisterhoods dressed in their own colors walk hooded. They are led by women dressed in black with incense burners, as well as pedestal lanterns. The march is accompanied by sacred songs and drums. The children are dressed as angels. This tradition has been celebrated for 65 years, making it one of the 4 most important processions in Mexico.