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Virgen del Rocío, patron saint of Almonte

Virgen del Rocío, patron saint of Almonte

Virgen del Rocío, patron saint of Almonte

This year the pilgrimage and procession, due to the state of alarm for the coronavirus, have been postponed to the spring of 2021. In add...
Comments Saturday, May 16, 2020
Virgen del Rocío, patron saint of Almonte

This year the pilgrimage and procession, due to the state of alarm for the coronavirus, have been postponed to the spring of 2021. In addition, this year the transfer of the Virgen del Rocío to the village has also been postponed, so it will remain in Almonte. (transfer that usually takes place every 7 years ”.

Since last Wednesday (May 13) the Almonte parish was opened so that devotees can contemplate the White Dove under strict security regulations: you must visit the temple with masks and nobody can sit on the benches. The visits will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., except on weekends, which will be closed.

ORIGINS AND LEGEND

In the 'Montería Book' commissioned by King Alfonso XI and later in the 15th century, the place of La Rocina where the Virgin appears appears.

There is a legend collected in the Rules of the Mother Brotherhood (the one in charge of spreading the devotion to the Virgen del Rocío and supervising and controlling the arrival of the rocieros) of 1758:

Entering the fifteenth century of the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, a man who had gone out to hunt or grazed cattle, being in the town of Villa de Almonte, in the place called La Rocina (whose uncultivated weeds made human plants impractical and only accessible to birds and wild beasts), he noticed in the vehemence of the barking of the dogs, that something was hidden in that jungle that moved them to those expressions of their natural instinct. He penetrated although at the cost of not a few works, and, in the middle of the thorns, found the image of that sacred lily intact of the thorns of sin, he saw among the brambles the simulacrum of that Mystical Bush unharmed amid the ardors of the original crime ; He looked at an Image of the Queen of Angels of natural stature, placed on the trunk of a tree. She was of size and her beauty was a pilgrim. She was dressed in a linen tunic between white and green, and her portentous beauty was attractive even to the most libertine imagination.

Finding as precious as it was not expected, he filled the man with a joy over all consideration, and, wanting to make so much happiness evident to all, at the cost of his cares, part of that closed forest cleared, he took out on his shoulders the sovereign image in the open field . But as it was his intention to place in the town of Almonte, three leagues distant from that place, the beautiful simulacrum, following his pious attempts, fell asleep to the effort of his weariness and fatigue. He woke up and found himself without the sacred image, penetrated with pain, he returned to the place where he saw it first, and there he found it as before. He came to Almonte and reported everything that happened with which news the clergy and the council of this town came out and found the holy image in the place and way that the man had referred to them, noting its beauty unscathed, despite the long time that been exposed to inclement weather, rain, sun rays and storms.

Possessed of devotion and respect, they took her out from under the weeds and put her in the main church of said town, while in that jungle temple was carved for her. In fact, a small hermitage was made, ten yards long, and the altar was built to place the image, so that the trunk in which it was found served as a base. Forming that site with the name of the Virgin of Las Rocinas.

PATRON OF ALMONTE AND CROWN OF THE VIRGIN DEL ROCÍO

Named Patroness of Almonte in 1653, in the Vow of the Immaculate Conception of the Vigen María that was proclaimed years later in Rome by Pope Pius IX, in 1854.

In June 1919 it was crowned by Cardinal Almaraz, after this coronation was approved on September 8, 1918 in Rome.


POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II, ONE MORE PILGRIM IN THE VILLAGE OF EL ROCÍO

On June 14, 1993, Saint John Paul II was walking the sands of the village of El Rocío for the first time, as one more pilgrim. Saint John Paul II walked to the Sanctuary of El Rocío to later, once inside, prostrate himself at the feet of the White Dove and pray before her.

Later the Pope would lean out onto the balcony of the Shrine to bless and give a message to all the pilgrims while they shouted at him: "What power, the Pope in the Dew."

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