Most of the year, the figures depicting Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and other saints are kept safely inside the Catholic churches. But on Good Friday, they are dressed in elaborate and elegant costumes, brought out of their church or cathedral, and paraded on floats around the city or town. The floats are solemnly and slowy carried through the streets by volunteers, while band plays a funerary piece. The parade symbolizes Christ’s funeral.
Traditionally, the streets on the parade’s route are covered with decorative “carpets” made from a thin pre- painted sawdust. The sawdust is painstakingly laid-out to create intricate patterns or images depicting religious scenes and characters from Catholic tradition. These “carpets” are true works of art, made entirely by volunteers and every year there is an undeclared competition between neighbouring cities, to see which can make the most elaborate and beautiful “carpets” for their Good Friday parade. Unfortunatley, the carpets do not last long: any gust of wind or rain will ruin them, and the parade itself destroys them.
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
Ride in triumph through Honduras, O Jesus! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!
Ride in triumph on highways of holiness, highways of light reflecting Your glory!
Ride in triumph where no lion or ravenous beast may be found.
Ride in triumph as the redeemed and rescued enter into Your presence with singing.
Everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away from Honduras.
Ride, Jesus. Ride!