Around seven years ago now, a new initiative to celebrate Torrevieja’s annual patronal fiestas has now become an integral part of this special event. Each evening, during the ‘novena’, the nine days following the main ‘Inmaculada Concepción’ celebration on 8th December, the evening mass has been dedicated to a particular section of the local community.
Mostly, each day is dedicated to the residents of a particular area or ‘barrio’ of the town. Following this tradition, on Friday 14th December, 2007 at 7.30pm, all of us ‘non-Spanish’ resident or visitor, have been invited by the priest of the ‘Inmaculada Church’, the amiable Don. Manuel Martínez Rocamora, to come along to his church to join in a special celebration. On this particular evening the mass will be dedicated to the ‘foreign’ residents of Torrevieja of whatever nationality. Local ministers from other churches such as the Anglicans, Church of Sweden, Norway, Finland etc, have been involved in some of the advance planning and it is anticipated that we shall all join together to sing at least one Christmas Carol where the music, albeit not the words, is internationally recognised.
An integral part of the celebration will, once again, be the offering of non-perishable foodstuffs, (tinned food, packets etc) which will later be distributed to the needy of the town so that, they too, may enjoy the festive season. Previously, the ‘foreigners’ have demonstrated an incredible generosity and there were more gifts received during the ‘foreigners mass’ than on any other evening! Everyone is welcome to come along to the event and several local clubs and associations will, no doubt, be collecting ‘goody bags’ from their members in order to present a ‘joint effort.’ Please come along and support this worthwhile effort.
Carol Concert To Coincide With International Mass
The overwhelming success of previous Christmas’ ‘Carols in English’ concert, the singing of Christmas Carols in the main town square by members of various local choral groups accompanied by a band of talented musicians, has resulted in the fact that this popular event seems to have become a permanent fixture on Torrevieja’s Christmas cultural programme! At 6.00pm on Friday 14th December, before the ‘International Mass’, the public are invited to come along to the main town square and join in the singing of typical English Christmas Carols. Song sheets will be available and a collection will be made towards the appeal for funds to purchase a concert organ for our church, the ‘Inmaculada Concepción’. Last year, around three thousand people gathered in the main town square to enjoy this typical Christmas celebration, so make sure you get there early!
(N.B. The spectacular and typical nativity scene will be open to the public. The ‘Carols in the Square’ event will be an ideal opportunity to enjoy this year’s display. The nativity scene (belen) will be open until after the visit by the ‘Three Kings’ on 6th January.)
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