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El Santuario de Chimayo Pilgrimage

Some 30,000 pilgrims walk up to 100 miles to reach El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico for Good Friday.

CHIMAYO PILGRIMAGE
Angel Rivera of Prince of Peace church in Albuquerque, N.M. holds an informal prayer service for pilgrims in the plaza at El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday. Courtesy Rob Kelley

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CHIMAYO PILGRIMAGE
Some 30,000 pilgrims walk up to 100 miles to reach El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico for Good Friday. Courtesy Rob Kelley

Courtesy Rob Kelley

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CHIMAYO PILGRIMAGE
Ishmael Garcia and his daughter Syuri climb to the top of a hill en route to El Santuario de Chimayo for reflection and prayer. Courtesy Rob Kelley

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Justin Chavez of Albuquerque, N.M., carries a cross during his trek to Chimayo on Good Friday because he said not all of his family could come and he wanted to bring them with him in spirit. Courtesy Rob Kelley

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CHIMAYO PILGRIMAGE
Zeus Zavala hangs a rosary on a tree during the pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico for Good Friday. Courtesy Rob Kelley

Courtesy Rob Kelley

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CHIMAYO PILGRIMAGE
Masses of pilgrims stand outside El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday. Courtesy Rob Kelley

Courtesy Rob Kelley

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CHIMAYO PILGRIMAGE
Fabian Casaus of Albuquerque, N.M., carried a large wooden cross on the pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo for Good Friday. Courtesy Rob Kelley

Courtesy Rob Kelley

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CHIMAYO PILGRIMAGE
Church officials prepare for a Good Friday service at El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday. Courtesy Rob Kelley

Courtesy Rob Kelley

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CHIMAYO PILGRIMAGE
A procession winds its way around the plaza of El Santuario de Chimayo before a Good Friday observance. Courtesy Rob Kelley

Courtesy Rob Kelley

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Archbishop Michael Sheehan, who leads the Archdioese of Santa Fe., conducts a mid-morning Good Friday prayer service for pilgrims who made it to El Santuario de Chimayo. Courtesy Rob Kelley

Courtesy Rob Kelley

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A pilgrim prays at the outdoor sanctuary at the church in Chimayo. Courtesy Rob Kelley

Courtesy Rob Kelley

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CHIMAYO PILGRIMAGE
Simon Christopher Hernandez, who was recently diagnosed with a heart problem, walked more than 20 miles with his family to reach El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday. Many pilgrims cooled their feet in the small creek on the church property. Courtesy Rob Kelley

Courtesy Rob Kelley

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