Security officials to turn out today for visiting Virgen

A.M. Costa Rica file photo A duplicate of the Virgen de los Angeles

The nation’s security forces are having a special visitor today. It is Nuestra Señora La Virgen de Los Ángeles, the diminutive carved rock that is usually venerated in the Cartago basilica.

This is an annual event, and police and other members of the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública plan a procession followed by Holy Communion at 11 a.m.. The event begins at 9 a.m.

Another manifestation of the Virgin is associated with the police. The Virgen de Ujarrás by law is capitana general of the Fuerza Pública. The virgin is a 16th century sculpture once housed in the community of Ujarrás. In both cases the veneration is not of the statute but what they represent. The Virgen de Ujarrás has nearly a 500-year history in the country, The Virgin, who was the nation’s first patroness, is venerated by the policemen in February.

The Virgen de Los Ángeles is the manifestation of the Mother of Christ who is the focus of a pilgrimage from all over Central America in late July and the first day of August every year. Millions visit the basilica each year, but church officials also have a program, such as the one today, in which the statue is taken to other communities. The Virgen de Los Ángeles is the patroness of the country.

Officials from the minster, Mario Zamora Cordero, are expected to be in attendance.

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