As any good Catholic will tell you, a Novena is a devotion consisting of a prayer repeated on nine successive days, asking to obtain special graces. In Jimena, this liturgical aspect begins next Saturday, August 28, with daily Masses held at 7am and 7.30pm until Sunday, September 5th, at 7.30 (See Parish blog). In fact, this last is also when the procession begins in honour of Jimena's Patron Saint, Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles (Our Lady Queen of the Angels - and the reason so many women in the area are called Ángeles, or María de los Ángeles, or Mariángeles, the short version - and why Estación wants to be officially renamed to Los Ángeles, its traditional name). The procession (photo of 2008) is the culmination of several days' festivities. And we have the programme - in translation right now, by The Translation People - to be published soon. As usual, La Novena, as the festivities are called, IS A LOT OF FUN, too! There are all kinds of things going on, including the 29th edition of the annual Flamenco Festival. The booklet with the programme in Spanish begins to be distributed this weekend. WATCH THIS SPACE.