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Family Rosary Chile – Thousands Pray to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Patroness of Chile


On September 29, a glorious Sunday afternoon, thousands of families headed to the Plaza de Armas of Santiago to process through the center of the city with a statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Participants were singing, waving flags and praying for their beloved nation.

For more than one hundred years this traditional procession has taken place on the last Sunday of September as a conclusion of Chilean Independence Day celebrations. For several years now Family Rosary Chile has been one of the organizing groups. FR Chili Mt Carmel 250

The Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, led the two-hour procession. After the procession, the group of about 25,000 people celebrated the Eucharist in a park near the city center to ask for the Lord’s continued blessings for all of Chile and to place all Chileans under the protection of Our Lady. In his homily Cardinal Ezzati stressed that it is only in understanding the fatherly love of God that we realize that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. He stressed the importance of the procession this year as a moment to pray for the Synod on the Family beginning in Rome.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, protect and strengthen all families.