This was taken two years ago during the Good Friday procession in Quito, Ecuador, one of the largest Holy Week celebrations in Latin America. According to official figures, some 250,000 people line the streets of the Ecuadorean capital to watch the four-hour long parade in which several thousand participate.
There really are no limits to the ways one can illustrate devotion to one’s faith.
At the annual Good Friday Procession in Quito, Ecuador, that I attended two years ago, that devotion took on a multitude of forms I’ve never witnessed: dozens carried or pulled heavy crosses, others marched with shackles wrapped around their bruised ankles, and still others, bleeding from the barbed wire they wrapped themselves in, self-flagellated with ropes and sticks as prayers and hymns hummed through the scratchy speakers that lined the procession route through the Ecuadorean capital’s historical city center.
It was a profession of faith for the several thousand who walked, many of them barefoot, and day-off entertainment for some 250,000 others, according to organizers’ estimates, who lined the streets to watch.
That was the 54th edition of Jesús del Gran Poder, or “Jesus of Great Power”, which in those five decades has grown into one of the largest and most colorful Roman Catholic Holy Week events in Latin America. More than ninety percent of Ecuadoreans consider themselves Roman Catholic, who collectively help make this one of the country’s largest annual gatherings, second in size only to Ecuador’s National Day celebrations.
The Instagram post is below, and below that, a 66-image slide show from the procession posted on Youtube.