Despite the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of people took to the streets of Caracas this Holy Wednesday to accompany the passage of the Nazarene of San Pablo, a venerated image of Christ with the cross on his shoulders to which numerous miracles are attributed, especially health.
Despite the request of the Archdiocese of Caracas that the parishioners follow the route from the doors or windows of their houses, in parts of the route it was possible to observe large groups of people gathered and even on their knees to ask for their health, in the middle of the acute health crisis due to covid-19.
The Nazareno de San Pablo is one of the most popular religious representations in Venezuela. Every year he gathers hundreds of thousands of people who accompany him in more than a dozen Masses to thank him, pay promises and raise new requests.
A Catholic celebration that takes place year after year, with a full house, in the Basilica of Santa Teresa, in the heart of Caracas.
However, in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, this Holy Wednesday, as in 2020, the scene was different. He was not carried on his shoulders as is tradition, but was transferred aboard a “popemobile”.
And more than one still remembers the verses of Andrés Eloy Blanco in “El limonero del Señor”:
Around the corner of Miraificios,
on their Wednesday of pain,
the Nazarene of Saint Paul
it always passed in procession.
And the year of the plague arrived;
the people died under the sun.
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