When the feast of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso de la Purificación was established by Bishop Salvador de Ribera in 1611, he said:
“I command that a novena of preparation should be made…”
“Each day of the novena, you should arrange to have instructive sermons preached in the church to the people about the grandeur and virtue of Our Lady so that God and His Blessed Mother will be better known. Your Reverence should invite priests and friars from all the monasteries for this purpose.” - The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana vol. 2 p.77
The devotion to Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification was intended specifically for our time - the 20th century. In the interim between the 16th and 17th centuries when Our Lady appeared to Mariana de Jesus Torres, and today, this devotion was largely forgotten by a great number of people, and went unknown in most of the world, until the 20th century. As a result, this novena has laid dormant until the past decade when priests and faithful from all around the world rekindled this devotion.
The original novena, as prescribed by Bishop de Ribera, called for the religious communities to preach on the spiritual life and the importance of religious vocations. The revival of this novena has taken a new form: each day at 5:00 am, priests and pilgrims process with a smaller statue of Our Lady of Buen Suceso and Mariana de Jesus Torres, to various religious houses, convents, monasteries and churches. This year, pilgrims brought the statue and the message of Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification to the Augustinian Missionaries, the Carmelites, Sisters of Providence, the Jesuits, the Mercedarians, the Augustinian Sisters, the Dominican Sisters, the Sisters of Charity, the Clarisas, the Oblate Fathers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and the Franciscans.
The pilgrims who came from America, Canada, Austraila, Mexico, Switzerland, Triniadad, Poland, Chile, Argentina and all over the world. They came in a spirit of prayer and penance, with profound love for the Blessed Mother, to pray for the Church in this time of crisis.
Below are some photographs taken throughout this year’s 9 day novena.