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Spain's Holy Week processions engage masses

In many cities in Spain, and elsewhere in the Iberian-influenced world, Semana Santa — Holy Week — is marked by major public processions that recount and ritualize the events of the Passion, providing a visual catechism and giving the masses a chance to participate in the story. In Spain, cities compete to some degree as a point of pride to carry out their processions well, and each has its own feel and particular qualities. 

Holy Week processions often are said to deeply engage Catholics who are not frequent Mass attendees, but see the processional celebrations as an important manifestation of their belief.


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