- Celebrations to mark the Holy Week of Easter are now underway across the world's devout Christian communities
- In the Philippines, Roman Catholics have carried out brutal flagellation ceremonies using large metal chains
- And in Mexico and Spain, candlelight vigils have taken place while floats are wheeled through city centres
Re-enactments of the crucifixion of Jesus, violent flagellation ceremonies and parades and pilgrimages are among the spectacular and deeply religious ceremonies taking place across Christian communities this week.
Held to mark the beginning of Easter, the celebrations across the globe all take on varying forms according to local Christian customs and ancient traditions.
In the Philippines, Roman Catholics have been photographed prostrating in front of a chapel as they are whipped in their annual ceremony flagellation ceremony.
The capital Manila is also hosting street plays featuring actors playing the role of a tortured Jesus Christ and Roman soldiers in the deeply observant Christian country.
Believers around the world mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament.
Roman Catholics prostrate in front of a chapel while still bearing the wounds caused by a bloody flagellation ceremony in Manila
Hooded penitents wait for their turn to have their back wounds cleaned after the ceremony in the Philippines today
An actor playing the role of Jesus Christ makes his way through the the streets of Manila during the city's Holy Week celebrations
Covered in blood and carrying a tunic, he was whipped by actors playing Roman soldiers during the religious re-enactment
There ceremony known as Cristo de las Injurias, or the Silent Procession, in Zamora, Spain sees its 2,300 members swear to keep silent in the city's cathedral
The penitents from the one of the city's Christian brotherhoods stand in formation with hoods and candles in the spectacular ceremony
The silent ceremony makes its way through the city streets in Zamora as the city celebrated the Holy Week of Easter
In nearby Alicante, an effigy of Jesus Christ nailed to the cross is carried through the city streets at night
Two members of the Cofradia de los Universitarios brotherhood in Granada take part in the deeply religious procession
Catholics in Jalisco, Mexico, take part in the 400-year-old ceremony known as 'The Bath of the Christ'
The pilgrimage involves a march during which members tend to an effigy of Jesus Christ lying bloodied on the cross
A man watches the ceremony take part during the week Holy Week - which runs for one week worldwide up until Easter Sunday
The bloody effigy of Jesus Christ was watched by hundreds as it was carried through the streets of the city
Catholic faithful participate in the pilgrimage known as 'The Bath of the Christ' in the municipality of San Martin de Hidalgo
In Costa Rica, Catholics tied coloured tape to a statue of Jesus inside the San Antonio de Padua Church
The taping ceremony forms the beginning of the procession known as 'Jesus Nazareno of the Tapes'
Pope Francis blows inside an amphora containing holy oil during a mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican today
Pope Francis holds the famous Book of the Gospels during the Chrism Mass in the Vatican today