As many people heard, this celebration of Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purificación was very special this year for a number of reasons. First of all, this is the first time during his tenure as Archbishop of Quito, that His Grace Gabriel Fausto Trávez Trávez attended the celebrations. His Grace made his first appearance on the evening of January 23rd, when he came to the Convent of the Immaculate Conception to witness the transportation of the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification to the main altar.
Archbishop Fausto Trávez is a former Franciscan, and the Conceptionist Sisters are a part of the Franciscan Order as well, since they adhere to the Rule of Saint Claire. What is even more significant is that the Franciscan Friars of Quito, for the first time in decades, preformed the task of carrying the miraculous image of Our Lady down from the Upper Choir of the convent and placed her onto the main altar, where she is venerated by pilgrims from all around the world.
This is an important occurrence, because the task of transporting the image of Our Lady of Buen Suceso was mandated by Bishop Salvador de Ribera (1605-1611) to be done only by the priests and religious. This is stated explicitly in the book The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana Vol. 2 p. 76:
“I will begin the solemn procession through the lower cloisters of the Convent and end in the upper choir where the holy Statue will be enthroned so that there she might govern this Convent and watch of the people in general. She will be carried by Franciscan and Mercedarian religious, who will alternate through the course of the procession with clerics and other religious. The only ones who will be allowed to enter the cloisters for this procession will be the priests and the Marquesa, who, as godmother, has received a special dispensation to enter. The people may return to see the holy Statue on February 2 of next year, for henceforth she will be carried out by the priests only for the days of her novena and feast day and then will be returned by the priests to the cloisters.”
To see the transportation of the miraculous statue, being performed by the Franciscans as traditionally prescribed by Bishop de Ribera was truly a great grace to see. There was almost an electricity in the air, especially among the locals of Quito, who for the first time in their lives witnessed their own clergy preforming this sacred and solemn task.
Please enjoy some of the photos we took showcasing the solemn installation, the Rosary Procession of the Dawn, as well as the retiring of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Buen Suceso: