Vigil at Cuasi Parroquia Los Llanos – 8th Day of Lent

Today’s vigil was at Los Llanos, inside Cuasi Parroquia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, a hamlet north of Jocotenango – the latter a busy town immediately north of Antigua. I’d never visited the town before – had no reason to until I decided to catch as many vigils and processions as possible.

The town is easy to get to, as there are buses at the terminal clearly marked “Jocotenango – Los Llanos” (Q2 fare one way). Once dropped off at the terminal, it’s a 5-minute walk to the church. While Jocotenango has a reputation due to past gang activity a few years ago, locals I spoke to said Los Llanos was a fairly quiet, easygoing and safe town. It definitely seemed so when I visited.

Aldea Los LLanos Jocotenango

You know you’re getting close when you start seeing food stalls…

The name Cuasi Parroquia is a strange one, as it literally means “Quasi Parish.” Turns out, a “quasi parish” is one that has been granted permission to establish itself as a parish, ut hasn’t been blessed as one by a bishop, for whatever reason, the most common one being that their temple hasn’t been built yet. This did not appear to be the case – unless building a new church is in their plans.

Velacion Cuasi Parroquia Los Llanos

Humble Cuasi Parroquia

While the exterior wasn’t as glamorous as that of other churches, its vigil display was very well done. Rather than get cute or creative with their alfombra, the folks at Cuasi Parroquia opted for a traditional alfombra design, which was the best I’ve seen so far this season.

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The display’s theme was “The Rich Young Man

Flower Carpet Antigua Guatemala

Alfombra at Cuasi Parroquia

And of course, no display is complete without an edible animal of some sort, be it carved out of fruit or a baked creation.

Pan lagarto Guatemala

Semi-sweet Pan Lagarto (Lizard Bread)

There’s a tiny procession scheduled at Cuasi Parroquia for next Saturday. It’s so small that it won’t even leave the neighborhood, making it impossible to catch unless you head there for the express purpose of seeing it.

Cheap Eats: Inexpensive, Tasty Burgers

It was easy to photograph the display at Cuasi Parroquia – the church is relatively out of the way, so it was nearly empty when we arrived. Some local girls I asked for directions didn’t even know there was a vigil being held at the church.

Once out of the church, we explored the hamlet a bit. On the way to the church, we noticed there was a small La Bodegona Supermarket, which I had no idea existed. Next to La Bodegona, there was a small restaurant serving burgers, one that’s owned by La Bodegona.

Hamburgers La Bodegona Antigua

Lamburguesa Sign

In Antigua, La Bodegona has a small take-out restaurant that sells burgers, hot dogs, and nacho cheese. The burgers are a tasty, inexpensive alternative to McDonald’s burgers a few doors down on 4ta Calle Poniente – the sweet, caramelized onions are what makes this burger worth eating.

The drawback to the Antigua location is that there’s no seating due to lack of space. No such problems at the Los Llanos location.

Hamburguer La Bodegona Antigua Guatemala

Inside Lamburguesa

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My daughter gave the “Jot Dogs” two thumbs up

The combo (burger + fries + drink) is Q20 -a pretty good deal. Unfortunately, the Antigua location doesn’t sell french fries.

Up next is a display at another tiny church, Santa Ines del Monte Pulciano.

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