"Our Senhora Aparecida's Basilica" Brazil Things to Do Tip by Alless

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  Basilic in Aparecida
by Alless

On October 12, Brazil celebrates the Party of its Patron, Our Lady of Aparecida.The city of Aparecida of the North (SP) shelters the Mother's Sanctuary.The National Sanctuary is the largest action center and evangelization's irradiation of the country. From the inauguration of the chapel in 1745, it has a special characteristic: it receives pilgrims during the whole year. The pilgrims' movement grows a lot, of year for year. In 1900 the annual number of visitors was calculated in 150 thousand. In 1957 the number reached a million pilgrims. Today the statistics accuses 7 million pilgrims.
The devotion Our Lady of Conception Aparecida is already part of the culture of our people. "The name and Our Lady's invocation entered in the habits and in the life of the Brazilian people that invokes it in the dangers, in the sad hours and of gratitude" (Ft. Júlio Brustoloni, historian). The Sanctuary is space of strong manifestation of religiosity in Brazil.
"The devotion centers and the popular pilgrimages constitute along the history of Brazil the place of larger collective expression of the popular religion" (Riolando Azzi, theologian and historian). Among the 100 expression sanctuaries that exist in Brazil, more than 50 are marians. Aparecida's Sanctuary stands out among everybody for its magnitude, projection, organization and pastoral.
Happening since the century XVIII, the pilgrimages bring every year a growing crowd of pilgrims to the Sanctuary. "The pilgrimage is a lot a sign to the taste of our people" (CNBB. Doc. 41). In the last decades, the pilgrimages have been growing in number, structuring and programming. The own Sanctuary has been giving an attention all private to the pilgrimages, welcoming them well and guiding them so that they become more and more authentic Christian pilgrimages, committed with Jesus Christ and with the Church. The own Sanctuary has been constituting in great center of evangelization of the country.

Address: Aparecida , SP
Directions: Sao Paulo State

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  • Written Jun 19, 2003
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