La Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno, known as Los Penitentes, was the lay religious brotherhood of Spanish American Catholic men that arose in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado during the late 18th and early 19th century. The Penitentes were active up until the early 20th century and built and maintained religious meeting buildings called moradas. Because of the absence of priests, they devoted themselves to maintaining spirituality while providing mutual and community aid. They are known for their religious chants of worship, called alabados. The passion of Christ is the central theme of the religious rituals and ceremonies of the penitentes during Holy Week. Join Dr. Antonio Esquibel, Rick Vigil and Manuel Salazar for a presentation on the history of Los Penitentes.
Presented in partnership with the Penitents: World End Rituals of Faith exhibit at Museo de las Americas. Penitents is open through September 17, 2017. See it for free with your program ticket!
“Spirituality and Its People””El Valle de San Luis” is a 3-minute short trailer of a 24-minute documentary of the communities in San Luis, Capulin, Conejos and San Antonio during holy week. Narrated by Fr. Pat Valdez, Sister Rene Weeks, this short film highlights the Stations of the Cross Shrine in San Luis with special focus on the Penitentes.