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Easter Sunday procession in Ouro Preto, Brazil recreates salvation history

At 6 a.m., worshipers fill the baroque church of St. Francis of Assisi for Easter Mass, and crowds begin to gather outside for the procession, which re-creates much of the biblical Salvation history. The procession includes altar boys with bells, costumed confraternity members, a brass band, figures representing dozens of characters from the old and new testaments, and a Eucharistic procession. The procession walks up and down the carpeted hills, along a winding route to Our Lady of the Pillar Basilica. Immediately after the procession, the beautiful sawdust “carpets” are swept away.

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