As Holy Week approaches, we continue a tradition here at Our
Lady of Guadalupe that started just a few short years ago. A
wooden cross has been placed in the arch next to the main
altar, draped with a simple purple cloth. Adorning the cross this
year is an actual “crown of thorns” imported from the Holy Land
and made from the exact same type of thorn bushes that grew
in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.
At the base of the cross, you will find three nails.
The manufacturers of these nails thoroughly researched Roman historical records, the findings of archeological digs and ancient Roman artifacts to determine exactly what kind of nails were used in Roman crucifixions at the time of Christ. Based on their research, it is believed that these nails are virtually an exact replica of the nails used by the Romans to crucify Our Lord.