Azores EventsFeast of Santo Cristo dos Milagres 2020 – Full Program

January 1, 2020by Atlantivacations0

The Feasts of Santo Cristo dos Milagres 2020 will take place from May 15 to 21, in São Miguel Island.

This is the biggest religious festival of the Azores Archipelago and the second in Portugal. It has an extensive program with several Eucharistic celebrations, highlighting the change of the image of Santo Cristo dos Milagres, the Mass and Procession on the main day of celebration, Sunday.

This event attracts thousands of tourists every year, residents of the Azores and also emigrants, who return to their origins in an act of faith and also – in some cases – to fulfill their promises to Santo Cristo dos Milagres.

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Santo Cristo dos Milagres 2020 – Full Program

2020 program not yet available. Below the 2019 program adapted to 2020, so it will undergo minor changes:

May 8th (Saturday)

Location: Associação Agrícola de São Miguel, Rabo de Peixe – Ribeira Grande
8am – Reception of cattle offers at the auction round;
10am – Beginning of the auctioning of cattle offerings;

May 12th (Tuesday)

6pm – Preparatory Triduum, at the Shrine of the Santo Cristo dos Milagres preached by Father Doctor Cipriano Pacheco;

May 13th (Wednesday)

6pm – Preparatory Triduum, at the Shrine of the Santo Cristo dos Milagres preached by Father Doctor Cipriano Pacheco;

May 14th (Thursday)

09am – Diocesan Meeting of Rectors;
11am – Press Conference (Cover Presentation) – Venue: Sacristy of the Shrine of Santo Cristo dos Milagres;
11:30am – Launch of the commemorative seal of the “60 Years of the Shrine”
6pm – Preparatory Triduum, at the Shrine of Santo Cristo dos Milagres preached by Father Doctor Cipriano Pacheco;

May 15th (Friday)

8am – Mass at the Shrine of Santo Cristo dos Milagres presided by His Most Reverend Excellency António de Sousa Braga, Bishop Emeritus of Angra;
9am – Mass at the Shrine of Santo Cristo dos Milagres, presided by His Excellency His Excellency José Avelino Bettencourt, Apostolic Nuncio in Georgia and Armenia;
11am – Mass for the sick people presided by His Most Reverend Excellency D. João Lavrador, Bishop of Angra. After the Mass, there will be a visit to the Shrine of Santo Cristo dos Milagres;
9pm – Inauguration of the decorative illumination of the facade of the Sanctuary of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres and Campo de São Francisco, with the band performing the Anthem of Senhor Santo Cristo, followed by a parade of the Ponta Delgada Volunteer Fire Charanga;
Opening of the Bazaar of Santo Cristo dos Milagres;
9:30pm to 00:30am – Arraial and concert of the Triunfo Band;

May 16th (Saturday)

8am – Mass at the Shrine of Santo Cristo dos Milagres, with the participation of a Choir of Romeiros from the Island of S. Miguel, presided by Father David Barcelos;
9am – Mass at the Shrine of Santo Cristo dos Milagres for the soul of all the Brotherhood’s benefactors, presided by His Most Reverend Excellency José Avelino Bettencourt, Apostolic Nuncio, in Georgia and Armenia;
10am – Mass at Divino Espírto Santo hospital, presided by His Most Reverend Excellency, D. João Lavrador, Bishop of Angra;
11:00 – Mass at the Shrine of Santo Cristo dos Milagres, presided by Father Dr. Cipriano Pacheco;
4:20pm – Organization of the procession of Change – The Brotherhood Provider knocks on the “Porta Regral”;
4:30pm – Image changing from Esperança Convent to the Sanctuary, passing in front of the Honor Guard provided by a company of the Army and Band of the Azores Military Zone (4:45pm), saved by a navy corvette and overfly by a aircraft of the Portuguese Air Force.
Note: Route will be made towards N-S, E-W, S-N and W-E of Campo de S. Francisco.
6pm – Before the Image leaving, Sermon by, Canon Adriano Borges, Rector of the Shrine of the Holy Christ
6:30pm – Opening of the Bazaar of the Lord Christ of Miracles;
9 – 10:30pm – Arraial and concert of Estrela d’Alva;
11pm – Firework show from the Dock Wall;
11.15pm to 00.30am – Concert (Harmonia Mosteirense);

May 17th (Sunday)

00:00 – Change of Image to the Church of St. Joseph, followed by Mass presided by the Parish Priest of St. Joseph, Father Duarte Melo;
After Mass follows the beginning of the Vigil in Honor of Santo Cristo dos Milagres by Father Norberto Brum;
6am – Reveille with mortar salvo; / Pilgrim Mass, presided by Father Bruno Espínola;
9:15am – Departure from the image of the São José Church to the sanctuary forecourt;
9:30am – Solemn Eucharistic Concelebration at the Sanctuary Hall in the presence of the Image of Santo Cristo dos Milagres, presided by the Apostolic Nuncio (diplomatic representative of the Holy See) in Armenia, the Luso-Canadian Archbishop, José Avelino Bettencourt;
3:30pm – Departure from the Procession Guide that will cover the usual route;
4:30pm – Departing from the image of Santo Cristo dos Milagres;
10pm – Opening of the Bazaar of Santo Cristo dos Milagres;
10pm – 00:30am – Arraial e Concerts (Philharmonic Alliance of Pleasures);

May 18th (Monday, municipal holiday)

11am – Eucharistic concelebration applied by the intentions of the Brotherhood Table and its collaborators, presided by His Most Reverend Excellency, D. João Lavrador, Bishop of Angra;
12:30pm – Tribute from the Public Security Police, Volunteer Firefighters, Taxis of the S. Miguel and Santa Maria Taxi Association and S. Miguel Motorcyclists with parade in front of the Convent of Hope;
2:30pm – Bidding and small pets in Campo de São Francisco
3pm – Opening of the Bazaar of Santo Cristo dos Milagres;
8 to 9pm – Performance of the Bora Lá Tocar Group;
9:30 to 11pm – Arraial and concert (Ponta Delgada Conservatory Wind Orchestra, conducted by Prof. Duarte Alves);

May 19th (Tuesday)

9pm to 00:00 – Bazaar, Village and Concert (Violas da Terra);

May 20th (Wednesday)

9pm to 00:00 – Bazaar, Arraial and Concert (Cantigas ao Desafio);

May 21st (Thursday)

5pm – Opening of the Bazaar of Santo Cristo dos Milagres;
6pm – Closing of the religious festivals of Santo Cristo dos Milagres – Solemn Concelebration in honor of Mother Teresa of the Annunciation, presided by the Rector of the Shrine, Canon Adriano Borges;
9:30pm to 00:00 – Arraial and closing concert of the 2019 Festivities by the Azores Military Zone Band;

Interim program based on 2019 edition schedule, subject to change:
Last revised: January 2020

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