Los Alamos Contingent On Road To Chimayo

As the sun breaks over the mountains this morning, 28 people from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos are on the road to Chimayo for the Good Friday Pilgrimage. Photo by Julie Habiger

Staff Report

Beginning at daybreak this morning, 28 members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Los Alamos joined people from all over the world making Good Friday pilgrimages to the Santuario de Chimayó.

El Pocito room showing the hole containing ‘holy dirt’ inside the Santuario de Chimayó. Courtesy/wikipedia

El Santuario de Chimayó is a Roman Catholic church in Chimayó. This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site.

It receives nearly 300,000 visitors per year and has been called “no doubt the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States”.

Some make the pilgrimage seeking blessings and some are fulfilling a vow.

Many visitors to the church take a small amount of the “holy dirt”, often in hopes of a miraculous cure for themselves or someone who could not make the trip.

The Los Alamos contingent of 28 people from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church carry a wooden cross this morning on the road to Chimayo. Photo by Julie Habiger

The mounted patrol keeps walkers safe this morning as traffic gets more congested. Photo by Julie Habiger

A skateboarder makes his way down the street during this morning’s pilgrimage to Chimayo. Photo by Julie Habiger

Scene this morning from the road to Chimayo. Photo by Julie Habiger

Scene this morning from the road to Chimayo. Photo by Julie Habiger

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