Pilgrims Must Pay to Visit Mount Cristo Rey
POSTED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 8:02pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 9:03am
EL PASO — Borderland residents will have to pay this year to make the annual pilgrimage up Mount Cristo Rey. For the first time ever, the Mt. Cristo Rey Restoration Committee is asking for a one dollar fee to offset the costs that the city of Sunland Park is charging for police and fire services for the day. An estimated 20,000 people are expected to make the two and a half mile climb on Sunday.
"For the people of El Paso that have never been here it's quite an awesome sight to see 20,000 people at one time coming up and you can see the faith in people's eyes and you see what it means to them. A lot of people do it for personal reasons, for personal favors, to say thanks," said Rubon Escandon of the Mt. Cristo Rey Restoration Committee.
The pilgrimage begins at ten with mass at noon.