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The town of Tíjola celebrates the 447th anniversary of the Patronage of the Virgen del Socorro

Virgen del Socorro
The Brotherhood and Sisterhood has organised commemorative events throughout the weekend at its Hermitage.

The Brotherhood and Sisterhood Nuestra Señora del Socorro informs of the commemorative events of the election of the Virgen del Socorro as Patron Saint of the City of Tíjola.

The activities will take place in her Sanctuary Hermitage on the 29th, 30th April and 1st May.

They will begin today Friday 29th April with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 19.30 hours followed by the Holy Eucharist of Thanksgiving.

On Saturday, 30th April, the events will begin in the morning with the opening of the Hermitage from 10am. At 11 a.m. the Sabatina and reception of the authorities, at 12 noon the recitation of the Regina Coeli. And in the afternoon, from 18:00 hours, the recitation of the Holy Rosary to end the day with the singing of the Salve at 21:30 hours.

On Sunday, the celebrations will continue with the opening of the Hermitage at 18:00 until 21:00. At 7.30 p.m. the Holy Rosary will be recited and at 8 p.m. the celebrations will end with the recitation of Vespers and the month of Mary.

Tradition has it that the image arrived from Italy with the Tercios who came to put down the Moorish rebellion of 1568.

Once the conflict was over and the area had been repopulated, the image of the Virgin of the Rosary presided over the altarpiece in the Parish Church, accompanied by the image of the Virgin of Succour, which the soldiers of D. Juan de Austria had left behind after their passage through the town.

On 17th April 1575, in gratitude for the favours received, the villagers chose the Virgen del Socorro as their “Advocate and Help”, building her a Hermitage, 447 years ago.

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