White coats, red carnations adorn Holy Week procession in Málaga

Malaga, Spain, April 9 (EFE).- Red carnations and doctors’ white coats adorned a traditional religious procession carrying icons of Jesus Captive and Mary to the Civil Hospital in Malaga on Saturday.

In emotional scenes, healthcare personnel carried the altar into the hospital for the sick to view it and pray for their health and that of their families for the first time in two years because of coronavirus.

The doctors, who during the first months of the pandemic had to sleep alone to avoid infecting their families, were given red carnations and prayer cards to the sick.

Regional president of Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, rang the bells and explained that after two years of hard, cruel and sad pandemic “today we are in a day of joy and hope.”

“Joy to see the Captive and the Virgin Mary walking the streets of Malaga, joy to meet again in our Holy Week and also hope, hope for all those people who unfortunately are now ill,” he said.

The icons of Jesus and the Virgin Mary were brought onto the streets of Málaga after the mass celebrated at 7 am in the church of San Pablo, where thousands of people gathered with red carnations in their hands to throw them onto the altar. EFE


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