With Holy Week beginning on Palm Sunday (April 15), Catholic churches are preparing for a variety of activities, including Good Friday (April 19) pilgrimages throughout Taos County and the region. By …
With Holy Week beginning on Palm Sunday (April 14), Catholic churches are preparing for a variety of activities, including Good Friday (April 19) pilgrimages throughout Taos County and the region.
By far the most famous pilgrimage route leads to El Santuario de Chimayo, a sacred shrine where many go for the healing dirt within the chapel.
Local walkers start their journey, sometimes days before Good Friday, from locations like Peñasco, Las Trampas and Santa Fe.
Law enforcement agencies generally advise drivers to watch out for walkers and drive slowly and carefully in areas with pilgrims, such as State Road 76 between the Peñasco Valley and Chimayo.
The North Central Regional Transit District, which operates the Blue Buses around the region, is adding transportation between Chimayo and Española to accommodate pilgrims.
“Two ADA-accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. departing from the Española Transit Center on Paseo de Oñate across from Cook’s Hardware,” read a press release from the district.
Bus drivers can pick up walkers only at designated bus stops.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation is putting safety measures in place ahead of Good Friday, including warning signs, pedestrian crossings and lighted rest stops, especially on the routes from the south.
Walkers should dress for a variety of weather conditions and to wear bright, reflective clothing, especially if walking at night. Pilgrims should also be prepared with their own food and water.
Yet other Good Friday pilgrimage routes lace the Taos County area.
Pilgrims will be be walking between Costilla and Questa along State Road 522, between Arroyo Hondo and Arroyo Seco on Hondo Seco Road, and around the Ranchos de Taos area, both on local roads and State Road 518.
For a complete list of Holy Week and Good Friday activities, contact local parish offices — Our Lady of Guadalupe in Taos at (575) 758-9208; San Francisco de Asis in Ranchos de Taos at (575) 758-2754; St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Questa at (575) 586-0470; and San Antonio de Padua in Peñasco at (575) 587-2111.
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