LIMA – The Christ Resurrected procession, illuminated by hundreds of white candles, attracted thousands of Catholics very early on Easter Sunday in the city of Ayacucho to round out the Holy Week celebrations in Peru.
In the main cities of Peru, where the public is heavily Catholic, processions were organized starting early on Sunday to welcome and display images of Christ Resurrected – usually brought from the local cathedrals – accompanied by applause and fireworks.
One of the Andean cities most visited by the religious faithful and by tourists is Ayacucho, in the Andes Mountains about 575 kilometers (355 miles) southeast of Lima, due to the solemnity and spectacular nature of its Holy Week celebrations.
The most impressive procession is the one held on Sunday, when the image of Christ Resurrected is brought from the local cathedral to the Plaza de Armas in the early morning darkness, later to be carried around the plaza amid cheers, fireworks and the chiming of church bells.
The procession concludes with the first light of dawn, when Christ’s image is returned to the cathedral so that the bishop may celebrate Easter Mass in the atrium.
Meanwhile, in Lima, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski visited the Manchay cathedral in the Pachacamac district to attend the Resurrection Mass and ask for one minute of silence for the 107 people who lost their lives in the rains and flooding since December along the coast due to the El Niño weather phenomenon.