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Fiesta for the Finding of the Rose

November 22, 2009

Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Our Lady
Sunday November 22, 2009 the traditional Fiesta of the Finding of the Rose was held in Pallerols de Rialp, in the Pyrenees mountains, Spain.

The fiesta is organized every year by the Association of the Friends of Pallerols, in memory of the time when St Josemaria Escriva found a gilded wooden rose in the ruined church in Pallerols. This event restored his peace of mind at a time when he was filled with doubts and intense inner suffering by the uncertainty of whether he really was doing God’s will by leaving Spain in the middle of the Spanish Civil War
This year the fiesta is being held on the anniversary of the actual event, which took place November 22, 1937.

12.30 Procession with statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pallerols
13.00 Mass at Pallerols Church
14.00 Responsory for the dead of Pallerols
14.30 Lunch in the neighbourhood of Pallerols
16.00 Rosary in Pallerols Church and veneration of the relic of St Josemaria

There will be two guided tours, to recall the events that took place 72 years ago:
10.30 Departure for “St Raphael’s Cabin”, the reservoir, El Empordanès, and the Church of Pallerols
12.00 Guided tour around the Pallerols locality: Rectory and Church

For further information see the Associació d'Amics del Camí de Pallerols de Rialb a Andorra.

The “Association of Friends of the Path from Pallerols de Rialp to Andorra” was started in 2002 coinciding with the centenary of St Josemaria’s birth. From then on the Association has worked to commemorate the events, circumstances, routes and places of the refugees’ path followed by St Josemaria and others during November-December 1937. The Association currently includes members from all over the world.

One of the Association’s aims is to commemorate all the people, down through the centuries, who were compelled to cross over the Pyrenees to regain their freedom, driven by the intolerance of others. We wish to nurture the idea of freedom, dialogue, and respect for other people’s ideas, above and beyond any differences of race, ideology, religion, language, customs, etc. This ideal was close to St Josemaria’s heart, and is an important part of his legacy.