Queen Sofia visits Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli

  March 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm by

March 1st, 2013 – Madrid

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Carrying on a 300 year old tradition in the Spanish Royal Family, Her Majesty the Queen paid a visit to the Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli in Madrid.

The Roman Catholic Basilica houses the shrine of the statue of Padre Jesús Nazareno, which dates from the 1680s. The Spanish Royal Family have a long history of devotion to this shrine and Statue of Jesus Christ of Medina.

Load bursts of cheers and applause greeted Queen Sofia from the rather large crowd of well wishers and also by members of the Capuchin Order, who look after the Basilica. During Mass, Her Majesty followed the tradition of kissing the feet of the statue of Christ.

Over the past number of years various members of the extended Royal Family have taken turns to attend this very sacred event which takes place on the first Friday in March every year. Last year, Infanta Elena; 2011 the King was present, in 2010 Infante Carlos, in 2009 Infanta Elena, in 2008 Infanta Margarita and in 2007 Infanta Cristina.

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4 Responses to Queen Sofia visits Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli

  1. Father Andrew L. J. James, Ph.D. says:

    Why is the story of her visit to a particular shrine noteworthy?

  2. Magdalena says:

    Father, I think this is an important or noteworthy action for the following reasons: A monarch is carrying on a religious tradition important to her family publicly. In today’s world, wherein Catholicism is not viewed in a positive light by the general media, but on the contrary, under scrutiny and critical attention (the Pope situation non-withstanding), we rarely see public figures practicing their faith in a devotional and consistent manner. We certainly see everybody at weddings, funerals, and major holidays which reflects what the Church is dealing with on a daily basis. I think this is noteworthy for those reasons, and I hope her actions will inspire other families, who are indeed the first teachers, to imitate the Royal family’s actions by creating and practicing devotional practices which have the power to add beauty and tradition to their own families, in their own context.

  3. natalya says:

    A wonderful tradition !

  4. An Ard Rí says:

    Its a Spanish Royal Tradition and as this is a royalty site its most noteworthy!

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