ADD TO DESTINATION LIST: HERMITAGE OF EL ROCÍO IN SPAIN

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Hermitage of El Rocío is a hermitage at El Rocío in the countryside of Almonte, Province of Huelva, Andalusia, Spain. The hermitage is home to the Virgin of El Rocío, a small, much-venerated carved wood statue, and is the destination of an annual procession and pilgrimage on the second day of the Pentecost, known as the Romería de El Rocío, connected to the veneration of the Virgin of El Rocío; in recent years the Romería has brought together roughly a million pilgrims each year.



Although there has been a hermitage on this site for centuries, the present hermitage building was designed by architects Antonio Delgado y Roig and Alberto Balbontín de Orta, designed in 1961 and built in stages over the next two decades.



The Virgin was declared the patron saint of Almonte in 1653, and received Canonical Coronation in 1919. Pope John Paul II visited El Rocío and the Virgin in 1993.

The Salve Rociera (English: Hail From The Rocio) represents the traditional tribute and worship for the Virgin Mary of el Rocío.



Dios te salve María
del Rocío señora,
Luna, Sol, Norte y Guía
y pastora celestial.

Dios te salve María
todo el pueblo te adora
y repite a porfía:
como tú no hay otra igual.

Olé, olé, olé...
al Rocío yo quiero volver
a cantarle a la Virgen con fe
con un
olé, olé, olé...

Dios te salve María
manantial de dulzura,
a tus pies noche y día
te venimos a rezar.

Dios te salve María
un rosal de hermosura
eres tú madre mía
de pureza virginal.

Olé, olé, olé...
al Rocío yo quiero volver
a cantarle a la Virgen con fe
con un
olé, olé, olé...

Olé, olé, olé...
al Rocío yo quiero volver
a cantarle a la Virgen con fe
con un
olé, olé, olé...

English traslation:

Hail Mary,
lady from el Rocío,
Moon, Sun, North and Guide
and celestial pastor.

Hail Mary,
all the people adore you,
and repeat incessantly,
like you there isn’t any other.

Olé, olé, olé...
To el Rocío I want to go back,
to sing to the Virgin with faith
with one
olé, olé, olé...

Hail Mary,
spring of sweetness,
at your feet night and day,
we come to pray to you.

Hail Mary
a rosebush of beauty
you are my mother
of virginal purity.

Olé, olé, olé...
To el Rocío I want to go back,
to sing to the Virgin with faith
with one
olé, olé, olé...

Olé, olé, olé...
To el Rocío I want to go back,
to sing to the Virgin with faith
with one
olé, olé, olé...

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