First ranch of pilgrims takes off in the street in Sainte-Thérèse, near Montreal

On March 30th, Good Friday, the 1st Rancho de Romeiros de Ste-Thérèse ended up on the streets With only 17 elements (14 + 3, these formed by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), the ranch directed by Master John Vital took a journey of about three hours, which led him to cross Sainte-Thérèse from one end to the other. Stopping in the churches situated through the path singing the usual songs and prayers. The first pilgrimage through the streets of SteThérèse ended at the Eglise Coeur Immaculé-de-Marie, on Boulevard Desjardins when it was past midday. However, and before arriving there, the ranch still passed through the local cemetery. With very few people following him, the elements of the 1st Ranch of Romeiros de Ste-Therese did not need to take snacks, since the course was short and not too long. Moreover, at the end there is always a small snack, which serves essentially for the fellowship of the pilgrims between themselves and their companions. Another novelty, and this really surprising, was the absence of the traditional embroideries …. What was not lacking, were the shawls, some wipes and the cross, by the way taken by a fifty years old woman … for lack of children and / or young people. But the biggest novelty came from the fact that the 1st Rancho de Romeiros de Sainte-Thérèse was composed of only two men, counting on Master João Vital! (…)

In short, what can be said of this experience that was the First Ranch of Romeiros of SteThérèse is that João Vital, a Master of this tradition, who has passed through ranches like Lagoa (S. Miguel) and Montreal, has much work ahead if they want the experience to be repeated in 2019. And the best way for this to be possible is to begin to define what they want for the future by recruiting more masculine gender and, above all, young people so that this secular micaelense tradition, which says that it began in the sixteenth century, in Vila Franca do Campo, through the earthquake that took place there, almost devastating the village completely, perpetuating itself in this land of immigration.

Source: Exclusive LusoPresse / Diário dos Açores April 7th Edition.

Published on 9 April, 2018