Monday, 4 October 2010

Our Lady of the Angels, procession yesterday evening

Jimena's patron saint was taken in procession from the San Francisco Church up Romo (that was a challenge well taken by the costaleros, or bearers - see faces on photo!) to the Nuestra Señora de la Victoria Church. This happens but once every five years. She was applauded all through the village, especially at the various stops along the way. To shouts of ¡Viva la Reina de los Ángeles! came the response ¡Viva!, as in three cheers. Shortly after Her arrival at the Llano de la Victoria, Father Antonio said a Mass, and then Our Lady was given a twirl by the bearers before entering the church backwards (so She can come out frontwards, of course). The rain held off perfectly until just after She was settled into the church (well, She has a direct line). You can see the progression from start to finish on our Web Album: the first part here, the second part here (incl. the 'twirl').

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