It’s that time of the year again! Lenten season and Holy Week are just around the corner. In 2018, the season gets underway earlier than usual – Ash Wednesday falls on February 14. So get your camera ready to capture some awesome pictures (or if you’re a long time resident tired of the hubbub, start making plans to get out now).

Procession Santa Ines Antigua Guatemala

Times for processions may vary, so head to Parque Central or Calzada Santa Lucia and look for an information booth to get starting times and procession routes. Vigils usually start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 p.m., but not always. If you’re planning on visiting Antigua soon, you might want to check out the recently published Antigua Guatemala Essential Guide for 2018, which also includes this schedule and a lot more interesting info. It’s now also available in print, which is a first! I’d be thrilled to autograph your copy :)

Here are the dates for Antigua Guatemala’s processions and vigils:

 FEBRUARY 

February 10 (Saturday)

• Vigil – Santa Catarina Bobadilla

First Week of Lenten Season

February 14 – Ash Wednesday

• Vigil – San Felipe de Jesús Church

February 16 (Friday)

• Vigil – Santa Catarina Bobadilla village

• Vigil – San Jose Cathedral (read more here)

February 17 (Saturday)

• Vigil – San Felipe de Jesús Church

February 18 (Sunday)

• Procession – Santa Catarina Bobadilla village (more here)

Second Week of Lenten Season

February 21 (Wednesday)

• Vigil – Los Llanos, Jocotenango (read more here)

February 23 (Friday)

• Vigil – Santa Inés Church (read more here)

February 24 (Saturday)

• Vigil – Jocotenango

• Procession – Santa Catalina Bobadilla village

February 25 (Sunday)

• Procession – Santa Inés Church (read more here)

 MARCH 

Third Week of Lenten Season

March 2 (Friday)

• Vigil – Jocotenango (read more here)

March 3 (Saturday)

• Procession (Children) – Santa Ana village (read more)

• Procession (Children) – Jocotenango

March 4 (Sunday)

• Procession – Jocotenango

• Vigil (Children) – La Merced

Fourth Week of Lenten Season

March 9 (Friday)

• Vigil – Santa Ana Church (read more here)

• Vigil – Escuela de Cristo Church

March 10 (Saturday)

• Vigil – San Jose Cathedral

• Procession (Children) – San Bartolomé Church

March 11 (Sunday)

• Procession – Santa Ana village

Fifth Week of Lenten Season

March 14 (Wednesday)

• Vigil – San Bartolomé Church

March 16 (Friday)

• Vigil – San Bartolomé Church

• Vigil – Santa Lucía Church

March 17 (Saturday)

• Procession (Children) – Escuela de Cristo Church

• Procession – San Jose Cathedral

• Vigil – Escuela de Cristo Church

• Vigil – San Francisco Church

March 18 (Sunday)

• Procession – San Bartolome de Becerra

This well-attended procession is one of the largest in Antigua. The town will be swarming with visitors.

March 20 (Tuesday)

• Vigil – San Felipe Church

March 21 (Wednesday)

• Vigil – Escuela de Cristo Church

March 22 (Thursday)

• Vigil (Children) – San Jose Cathedral

March 23 (Friday)

• Vigil – San Jose Cathedral

• Vigil – San Cristobal El Bajo

• Vigil – El Calvario Church

• Vigil – La Merced Church

• Procession (Children) – San Jose Cathedral

• Procession – Jocotenango Church

March 24 (Saturday)

• Vigil – San Felipe de Jesús Church

March 25 (Palm Sunday)

• Procession – La Merced Church

Holy Week

March 26 (Monday)

• Vigil – La Merced Church

• Procession – Santa Inés Church

March 27 (Tuesday)

• Vigil – San Francisco Church

• Procession – El Calvario Church

March 28 (Wednesday)

• Vigil – Escuela de Cristo Church

• Procession (Children) – La Merced Church

• Procession – San Felipe de Jesús Church

March 29 (Maundy Thursday)

• Procession – San Francisco Church

• Procession – San Cristobal El Bajo Church

March 30 (Good Friday)

• Sentencing (12:00 a.m.) – La Merced Church*

• Procession (3:00 a.m.) – La Merced Church

• Crucifixion Act (12:00 a.m.) – San Jose Cathedral

• Crucifixion Act (12:00 a.m.) – San Jose Cathedral

• Burial Procession (3:00 p.m.) – San José Cathedral

• Burial Procession (3:00 p.m.) – San Felipe de Jesús Church

• Procession (4:00 p.m.) – Escuela de Cristo Church

The sentencing is worth staying up for, as a procession of “Roman” soldiers on horseback, torches on hand, ride through town well before 12:00 a.m. This is staged to recreate Jesus’ arrest at Mount Olive.

March 31 (Black Saturday)

• Procession – San Jose Cathedral Church

• Procession – San Felipe de Jesús Church

• Procession – Escuela de Cristo Church

April 1 (Resurrection Sunday)

• Procession – San José Cathedral

• Procession – San Pedro Church (Obras Sociales)

As always, watch your wallet, phone, and other electronic devices while attending crowded processions – pickpockets will be present.

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