The peaceful, pious and uplifting “invasion” of 110 Filipino devotees
On Sunday, May 14, a record group arrived: 110 Filipino pilgrims. They came to visit the house of Saint Ezekiel and to celebrate Mass by his side.
It was a pilgrimage organized by the Travel tourism agency, from Manila, Philippines, with two groups (Manila 1484 and Manila 1485) led by two Filipino priests Fr. Ageric “Jerry” Orbos, SVD (famous writer of books and currently assigned to Mission Cristo Rey Seminary) and Fr. Tranquilino Junior de Ocampo, SVD (pastor of the Filipino migrant community in Berlin, Germany).
After making a pilgrimage to the Virgin of Lourdes (days 11 and 12) and visiting Alfaro (day 13), They arrived in Monteagudo in two buses at 10:15 on Sunday, May 14.
During his stay in Spain, the company in charge was Araturis Aragón, from Zaragoza, with its director Noé Larraz and their guides Conchita and Cristina.
They spent three intense and exciting hours with us. Fray Joaquin Uriz, official in charge of promoting devotion to Saint Ezekiell Moreno, addressed the word and, in good English, he told them about the highlights of the saint. The prior, the teacher with the novices and fray Tagoy, who came from Madrid to accompany and welcome their countrymen, they took care of them at all times.
They spent an hour receiving information about the life of Saint Ezekiel and visit his chapel, the room where he died and the exhibition where his souvenirs and personal items. At 11:30 a.m. they celebrated Mass in the Basilica of the Virgen del Camino, solemn, very participated and with a special moment of blessing for mothers (it was their day in the Philippines and in many other countries). After received some gifts (relic stamps, glasses cleaning cloths, dvds), They bought abundant commemorative material (key rings, bracelets, magnets for the car and many bronze and polychrome resin statues, the work of the sculptor Boregan, from Cintruenigo).
With the smile of all on the lips and the tears of some in the eyes, They continued their day at 1:15 p.m. going to eat at a nearby hotel and, in the evening, afternoon, to visit the cathedral of Tarazona. They still have to visit the Virgen del Pilar in Zaragoza (day 15) and end up traveling as pilgrims to the Virgin of Fatima (Portugal).
We think they left happy and grateful. We hope they left everything, even more in love with our beloved saint. They, for their part, they left edified by their respect and kindness, by their piety and devotion, by their contrasted and outstanding generosity.