Mass on the Border celebrates US-Mexico unity

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Noah Sarabia

The procession in Ciudad Juarez marks the start of the celebration of Mass on the Border.

Noah Sarabia, Contributor

Mass on the Border, an event that celebrated Catholic mass between two countries, two languages and three cultures, including El Paso, Las Cruces and Ciudad Juárez took place Saturday, Nov. 2.  

El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz, Las Cruces Bishop Peter Baldacchino and Ciudad Juarez Bishop José Guadalupe Torres Campos held mass on the banks of the Rio Grande, with a small bridge built in the middle for the bishops and priests present to meet 

This mass was meant to symbolize the unity and coming together of different people from various cultures with the notion that religious beliefs can be celebrated without borders or walls. 

This is the second annual Mass on the Border event. 

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  • Priests gather at the base of the river to exchange pleasantries before celebrating catholic mass.

  • Patrons in Ciudad Juarez wave their crosses to parishioners in El Paso.

  • The eucharist is given to a matachine dancer during the celebration.

  • Priests in Ciudad Juarez patiently await the beginning of mass.

  • The procession in Ciudad Juarez marks the start of the celebration of Mass on the Border.

  • Parishioners from all over Mexico gather and wave their flags in celebration of Catholicism.

  • Altar servers bow their heads during the celebration of Mass.

  • Priests in El Paso and Las Cruces come together at the base of the Rio Grande for a prayer before Mass.

  • Matachine dancers gather to pray through dance to conclude the Mass on the Border.

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