We visited Granada, Nicaragua about this time one year ago. At the time of our visit to one of the churches, there was a ceremony in progress in which parents brought their children to be blessed by the Priest. This family sheltered their candle from the breeze while waiting in line.
The dome of La Merced Church is framed by an archway in the bell tower. The bell tower was reconstructed in the 1860's, although the church itself dates to 1534.
There was a crowd of people gathered at the church to receive the blessings of the Priest.
This young girl had a apprehensive and reverent pose as she waited for the blessings.
This is a wider view of the family carrying a candle down the aisle of the church while bringing a child to the Priest for a blessing.
When each family reached the altar, the Priest draped his sash on the family members and said a blessing for their children.