By Michel Monterroza
The feast of the Virgin Mary Queen of the Angels, known as “the bold” O “Lady of the angels”, It is one of the largest religious celebrations in Costa Rica. One of the great hallmarks of this national holiday is the pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Angels, located in the center of the city of Cartago, and at a distance of 27 kilometers east of San José, capital of Costa Rica.
It is estimated that approximately two million people participate in this pilgrimage, from different parts of the country, including, San Vito de Coto Brus, to the extreme south of the country, from where an important representation of pilgrims attends annually. On this great pilgrimage, every step becomes a show of faith, gratitude, esperanza, or of personal request that the pilgrims address to the Queen of Los Angeles.
Another of the meeting points of this religious festival is the Holy Eucharist celebrated this 2 August in the atrium of the basilica. The homily was given by Monsignor Manuel Eugenio Salazar, Bishop of the Diocese of Tillaran, Liberia, Guanacaste province. In your reflection made a call to prayer for the brother people of Nicaragua: “so mariano, so suffered and that so much peace and dialogue needs”, expressed the Catholic hierarch.
As well, Monsignor Salazar appealed to national unity, forged from 1635 by the patron saint of Costa Rica, as well as agreement and dialogue, this in front of the national context of protests registered in recent weeks. At the same time he asked respect for sexually diverse people: “respect for the other sexually diverse does not imply the promotion of that lifestyle, in its equating to marriage between man and woman”, clarified the bishop.
It is worth mentioning that this year the festival of the Virgin of the Angels celebrates its 384 anniversary since its discovery in 1635, in the old capital of Costa Rica, today province of Cartago. Historical accounts indicate that a woman named Juana Periera appeared to him, of indigenous origin. The image of the Virgin appeared is a rock of dark tonality and with a size of 20 centimeters, that today is sheltered in the basilica that was erected in his honor.