Vespers of Darkness – Wednesday of Holy Week

wed of holy weekWednesday of Holy Week recalls the abandonment of Jesus with early evening services called “los matines de las tinieblas” or Vespers of Darkness. A special mass with a candelabra on the altar holds 15 candles. One candle is extinguished for each Psalm sung until finally, as the service ends, a single candle remains, representing Christ alone in the garden.

wed of holy week 2Following is a procession to follow the Stations of the Cross build into San Miguel’s streets started by Father Philip Neri Alfaro.  The niches start at the Santa Escuela (beside the Parroquia), run by St. Francis and end at the Chapel of Calvary, named for the hill Jesus died on.