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The Sanctuary of El Saliente celebrates its San Miguel Pilgrimage

The Sanctuary of El Saliente celebrates its San Miguel Pilgrimage
The faithful carry the image of the Angelic Defender of the Roel.

By Francisco Castillo

The morning of Sunday 25th September, cooler than usual, was very busy at the Diocesan Sanctuary of El Saliente. With the almonds practically harvested, many farmers took to the roads of the Sierra de las Estancias to participate in the “Romería de San Miguel”. Bolivian pilgrims joined in, dressed in their folkloric costumes, as well as sportsmen and many other pilgrims from Almeria, Murcia, Granada, Malaga and Girona. They came for different reasons, some to present their babies or to ask for the blessing of their new vehicles. All, in one way or another, to entrust themselves to the Pequeñica and seek the protection of the Angelic Defender of the Roel.

The Quadrille of Souls of Velez-Rubio, with great enthusiasm, filled the atmosphere with their joyful music and were treated to typical refreshments. Their songs opened the solemn liturgy of the Sunday Holy Mass, which was presided over by Don Rafael Vázquez Jiménez, Technical Secretary of the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith and of the Subcommission for Interconfessional Relations of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.

During his homily, he recalled that this day was the Day of Migrants and Refugees and quoted some of Pope Francis’ teachings in this regard. He also spoke of devotion to the Archangel Michael and invoked him to overcome the inner dragons that threaten the grace of God in each one of us.

Finally, in the brief sunny moments allowed by the clouds, the image of the Angelic Defender of the Roel was carried in procession across the esplanade. The villagers of the Cerricos de Oria, led by the banner of St. Bartholomew, carried the procession with great devotion and dignity. On reaching the fountain, in front of the marvellous panoramic view, the prayer of Pope Leo XIII was recited. In this prayer, which is repeated every year at the request of the Holy Father, the protection of the Archangel is implored against all evil disturbances that may occur in this famous Sanctuary in Almería.

 

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