Santuario de Chimayó Pilgrimage, 2013: Schedule and Staying Safe

Editor | - March 28, 2013

From a Santa Fe County and El Santuario de Chimayo publicity materials.

Here is the schedule of events, according to El Santuario de Chimayo's website.

March 28, Holy Thursday
9:00 AM -- Santuario opens
12:00 PM -- Live Stations of the Cross by Youth from Our Lady of Sorrows, Bernalillo, NM
3:00 PM -- Rosary by Morada de San Antonio (Cordova)
4:00 PM -- Rosary by Morada de Nuestra Señora de Dolores (Chimayo)
10:00 PM -- Prayer Service
Santuario is open all night

March 29, Good Friday
7:00 AM -- Archbishop Sheehan and pilgrims walk from Santa Cruz de la Cañada, NM
9:30 AM, 10:30, 11:30, etc.-- Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet,
 Santo Niño Chapel
About 10:15 AM -- Prayer and Blessing by Most Reverend Michael J. Sheehan,
 Archbishop of Santa Fe
3:00 PM -- Divine Mercy Novena, Santo Niño Chapel
10:00 PM -- Prayer Service
 Santuario is open all night
March 30, Holy Saturday
10:30 or 11:00 AM-1:00 PM -- La Danza Azteca
6:00 PM -- Santuario closes

March 31, Easter Sunday
9:00 AM -- Santuario opens
10:30 AM -- Mass
12:00 PM -- Noon Mass
1:15 PM -- La Danza del Santo Niño Matachines
5:00 PM -- Santuario closes

The Santa Fe County Fire Department would like to remind Santuario De Chimayó pilgrims to take appropriate safety precautions during their pilgrimage. Below is a list of suggested precautions and additional information for the pilgrimage.

  • Stay on the path marked for pedestrians and follow signage
  • Do not walk in the road
  • Do not walk alone (If you are walking alone notify someone you will be walking and where you are leaving from)
  • Carry plenty of water to drink and food/snacks
  • Dress weather-appropriate and wear layers to adjust to the changing weather
  • Wear appropriate shoes for walking
  • Wear bright-visible colors and something reflective, like reflective tape, vests or glow sticks that is easily visible from the front and back
  • Avoid wearing black or other dark colors
  • Carry a flashlight
  • If you are visiting the Santuario by vehicle or picking up walkers, do not use your cell phone while driving (It is against the law to use cell phones while driving, which includes calling or texting)

The local volunteer fire districts will have first aid stations set up throughout the Northern part of the county.  If you need assistance please stop by any of the following locations:

  • Pojoaque Volunteer Fire District will have a standby/first aid station at the Nambe Community Center, Thursday evening through Friday afternoon.
  • Tesuque Volunteer Fire District will have two first aid stations set up at US 84/285 North and South Exits, Thursday evening through Friday evening.
  • La Puebla Volunteer Fire District will have a first aid station set up at the intersection of State Road 76 and County Road 88, Mile Marker 4, Thursday evening through Friday evening.
  • Chimayo Volunteer Fire District will have a first aid station set up at Station 1, located on Juan Medina Road, Thursday evening to Friday evening.

Public Safety agencies will prohibit vendor set up on all right of ways including: County Road 98, State Highway 76 and State Highway 503. In addition, County Road 98 will have “No Parking” signs for a three mile stretch. This change is required to improve emergency vehicle access throughout the route.

Over 26 Public Safety Agencies representing Federal, State, Tribal and County Governments will come together for the pilgrimage. Planning and coordination has occurred as a joint venture between Rio Arriba and Santa Fe County Emergency Management Offices, as well as non-government emergency partners who will assist as in years past. The National Incident Management System will be in place to provide an immediate emergency response if needed.

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