Procession of the Passion of Christ
A unique Macau religious celebration when an image of Christ carrying the
Cross is taken in solemn procession from St. Augustine’sChurch to the Cathedral for an overnight vigil. It is then returned through the city via the stations
of the Cross, accompanied by a magenta-robed escort and crowds of the faithful
and curious. 1
>Legend says that when the statue was moved to the Cathedral by Church authorities
it would somehow to St Augustine Church. 2
Ever since a procession is held every year on the first Sunday of Lent.
From St Augustine Church the statue is taken to the Cathedral for a night.
The following day, the figure is carried through the streets back to the cathedral.
Stations of the Cross are set up along the route.
This event is attended by the clergy and hundreds of Chinese faithful and believers.
Another twist of the story occured in 1712. That time the anti-Catholic government
expelled the Augustinians and banned the Passos procession from St Augustine
Suddenly there was a food shortage. The local Chinese immediately associated
the two events. They therefore demanded that “the man with the cross”
walk the streets again. Eventually the procession resumed and as expected, the
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