Created: 04/17/2014 5:29 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The small community in northern New Mexico will be the center of a spiritual journey for the faithful this weekend.
The staff at El Santuario de Chimayó welcome the pilgrims, but also brace for the rush..
"One of the things we do is we advertise in the neighboring parishes, including Holy Family here in Chimayo regarding the possibility of volunteers to come and assist us and so we have usually 45-50 volunteers," said Joanne Sandoval, the Co-Manager of the Santuario.
Crews with the New Mexico Department of Transportation are getting prepared too for the influx of pedestrians and drivers by posting up signs along the road.
With up to 30,000 people expected to make the trek, Sandoval says the key to a safe and peaceful time is patience.
"That's one of the things that's a faith builder for me. Seeing the patience of a great variety of people who do come. Most of them are just very gracious and willing to wait in line for up to two hours to get into the church," she said.
Patience will indeed be a virtue as hundreds are already here.
Officials advise that if you'll be making the trek to Chimayó on foot, be sure to wear light-colored clothing along with reflective gear.