Thousands of faithful came to the parish of San Cayetano, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Liniers, where at midnight they began to enter to ask the Saint of Providence for health and work and to thank the promises kept.
The image of the patron of bread and work was placed in the open air temple court this Friday at 5:00 p.m., so that the faithful can pray to her or touch her, but many people waited until midnight to pass.
Since then, the faithful formed a row that spanned at least five blocksexplained to Telam Father Facundo Fernández Buils, who confirmed that after 9 o’clock it extended about 400 meters.
The devotees of San Cayetano will be able to venerate his image in the atrium of the temple of the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Liniers, in Cuzco 150, outdoors and complying with the sanitary measures for the coronavirus pandemic, since the church will remain closed.
Regarding the atypical celebration this year due to the context of the pandemic, Father Germán Schattenhofer said: “It is novel, it is one of the few times that the image leaves the temple.”
Unlike last year when the sanctuary was closed, this year the ecclesiastical authorities decided to schedule the celebration outdoors, to “privilege the meeting of the pilgrim with San Cayetano”. In this edition, “health is one of the most recurring requests,” added Father Fernández Buils.
Since midnight, the line moves nimbly along the Cuzco sidewalk in a southerly direction, coordinated by police officers from the city of Buenos Aires and sanctuary servants who wear a yellow bib with the image of San Cayetano.
After entering the front courtyard of the temple, in groups of about ten people, the faithful can stay as long as they need to venerate the image.
The devotees take the opportunity to ask, thank and take photos, and when they leave to the left they receive the blessing of the priests.
There, they approach with pictures, ears of wheat and images to bless; and then they continue their journey to the left towards the exit.
Parishioners also bring offerings of non-perishable food and clothing for the sanctuary’s social service, since for several years pilgrims have been asked to bring these offerings instead of the traditional flowers and candles.
“I come to thank my family that is healthy and that we are all well with this pandemic. Also to ask for a job,” said Alejandra Vargas, 45, a native of Escobar.
The woman who said that she has been coming to the celebration for ten years, and that last year she did not dare to go through the pandemic, added: “Now that we have learned a little more about what this pandemic is, I came, we are with faith and with the perfect protocol. “
March of the social and political organizations of the UTEP
The social and political organizations that make up the Union of Workers of the Popular Economy (UTEP) will carry out this Saturday the traditional march from the church to Plaza de Mayo, in “defense of the agenda marked by land, roof and work” (TTT) and with a strong axis in the creation of “genuine work throughout the country” .
The demonstration will begin this morning with a mass and will arrive at Plaza de Mayo from 3 pm, where a joint document of the convening organizations will be read.
Cafiero’s statements on San Cayetano’s Day
The Chief of Cabinet, Santiago Cafiero, reaffirmed this Saturday the commitment of the national government to “reach out to those who need it.” and pleaded for a country “with land, shelter and work for everyone”, within the framework of the festival of San Cayetano, which commemorates the Catholic faithful.
“On the Day of San Cayetano we reaffirm our commitment to the Argentine people: reach out to those who need it,” said Cafiero through his Twitter account.
“The country we want is a fairer Argentina with land, shelter and work for everyone,” added the Chief of Staff in his publication, along with an image of the saint, patron of bread and work.