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First Torchlight Rosary Procession

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First torchlight rosary procession in the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary and of Hope in Móstoles, Diocese of Getafe, Madrid (Spain), October 26th, 2013.

Since the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother arrived at Our Lady of the Rosary and of Hope Parish in Móstoles (Madrid), we have tried to place all of the initiatives, that the Lord has inspired us with, to the service of the new evangelization of this area.

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When this new school year began, our fifth year in Móstoles, there was something that still had to be done, and this was to find the way of making the whole surrounding zone participants of the feast of our parish, Our Lady of the Rosary.  So we proposed to our parish priest, Fr. Francisco Sereno, and to the committed lay members of the parish, an idea that at first may seem a little crazy: a rosary procession with torches through the neighboring streets.

Everyone liked the idea and we began preparations.  We decided to take advantage of the opportunity to do a mission through the neighboring area and began to go door-to-door, personally inviting all to participate in the rosary.  We knocked at at least 1,000 doors and it has been a very good experience.  It is our intention to continue this with other parish events.  We also filled the area with posters, gave them out door-to-door, and even announced it through the radio and the Diocese of Getafe's website.

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The long-awaited day finally arrived, October 26th, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.  The image of Our Lady of the Rosary was taken out through the streets surrounded by her sons and daughters, with lighted candles, symbol of the hope that we have in Her, the great evangelizer who goes in search of her children to hold them in her arms and in her Motherly heart.

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There were more than 250 participants in the procession, but if you looked up, you saw more people watching from all the windows, following the procession with respect and a prayerful attitude.  Surely next year many of those who this time were watching from the window will come down to be with their Mother, to tell her their pains, their joys and their sufferings, together with their hopes and dreams.

We finished the celebration with a delicious chocolate snack that permitted us to speak with each other, with some whom we had met before and others who came for the first time, attracted by Our Lady's perfume.

-Servant Sisters of Móstoles, Diocese of Getafe, Madrid (Spain)

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