Popular Good Friday services held outdoors in Ouro Preto, Brazil

  • Congregants in the back and side aisle at the Good Friday service at the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows (das Dores da Santa Virgem Maria) in Ouro Preto. This service attracts a more local, low-key crowd than the one in the center of town.
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Church, on the outskirts of Ouro Preto, hosts pre-Holy Week services to remember the sorrows of the Virgin, and in 2013 hosted the Good Friday service.
  • On Good Friday, a crucifix is set up throughout the day on the stage in front of St. Francis Church.
  • Soldiers part of the Good Friday reenactment take a break in front of St. Francis Church.
  • The Good Friday events in Ouro Preto attract national media coverage.
  • Crowds await the start of the nighttime Good Friday services on the stage in front of St. Francis Church, Ouro Preto.
  • Good Friday's Calvary scene. An array of biblical figures have processed in behind the crucifixion.
  • Preaching at the Calvary scene.
  • The crucifixion is re-enacted outside St. Francis Church.
  • Preaching after the deposition from the cross as part of Ouro Preto's Good Friday services.

Good Friday’s commemorations return to Our Lady of Sorrows early in the day for preaching on the seven last words of Christ. Evening services take place before a much larger audience in front of St. Francis Church.