Hands And Knees

I shot a little video while I was at the Basilica de Guadalupe. Complete with the truly devout crawling to the building on their knees. Some people crawl for huge distances, especially on December 12th, which is the annual bash for the Virgin de Guadalupe. If the video plays in stops and starts, you can switch to SD mode, or simply press pause and wait for it to finish loading before resuming.

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Angeline M
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Angeline M
March 13, 2010 10:48 am
I got your first post with just the pictures of your visit to the basilica and what came to my mind immediately was memories of seeing the faithful crawling towards a church at almost every church in Mexico that I went to. This was such an incredible impression on me as a child visiting Mexico, and even later as an adult my mind can’t wrap around this devotion, this faith people in Mexico have. And it’s always the poor people you see crawling…don’t ever recall seeing anyone with fancy clothes and jewelry doing this. At any rate, then along comes… Read more »
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Nez
March 13, 2010 11:51 am
It’s something incredibly personal and also something that astounds me. That level of devotion and faith is something difficult for me to fully comprehend. My grandmother would be the type of individual who you would see knelt down and crawling across the ground in devout prayer. She has so much faith in La Virgencita and in all the saints you can think of…every time I go visit her its so normal to hear her whispering about in prayer throughout the night…and she says it makes her Happy. I believe I have a bit of an understanding why certain demographics are… Read more »
1st Mate
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March 13, 2010 9:27 pm

Wonderful song! Now I want to look for it.

Was it just that you didn’t film any guys doing the hands and knees thing, or was it really mostly women who did it? We are so good at humility, we mujeres.

Dan Green
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Dan Green
March 14, 2010 3:57 pm

Gary,
Great coverage of the Basilica! Really enjoyed the visit through your eyes! AND the musical accompaniment was lovely…. I’ve been past it a few times on various trips.. next time I’ll stop and have a good butchers myself… THANKS!

Keep up the GREAT work!
Dan in NC

Rick Tanner
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Rick Tanner
October 13, 2010 8:27 pm
Thanks for the video. This is so typical of Catholicism. Justification through penance (self infliction over sins). This is so unnecessary. Many people’s knees are bleeding by the end of their crawling, some crawl for miles. Salvation is through faith alone in Jesus Christ and what he did on the cross. Eph. 2:8,9 For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any one should boast. We are saved by repenting (turning from) of our sins and believing that Jesus died on the cross for our… Read more »
garydenness
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October 13, 2010 8:46 pm
I’m going to agree with you, that crawling on your knees till you bleed is entirely unnecessary. But I do, in a non Catholic sense, confess that I come at it from an entirely different angle. I am one of those who is quite convinced that Christianity and all other religions are man made inventions with no supernatural, godly or other force behind them. I’ll stick up for the practise of idolatry though. All religions, sects, splinters etc contain heavy doses of ‘it’s God’s will’, which in the eyes of the believer overcomes any contradiction or issue. Incidentally, you are… Read more »
Debby
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Debby
June 29, 2012 6:59 pm

When I was a teenager (now 60) I traveled to Mexico City and to the Basilica where we witnessed worshippers painfully crawling on their knees to the entrance. It made a huge impression on me (I’m still thinking/writing about it.) As women, we were not allowed to go inside without a covering for our heads. I confess we used souvenir paper cocktail napkins taken from the restaurant we visited the evening before. The LORD does provide!
…and the music, “Luz de la Luna,” is lovely.

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