The Angelus in front of a hospital In Logrono – the capital of the autonomous community and region of La Roja.

On Thursday, the 3rd of January, at 3 PM., the Icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa in Her Life Mobil arrived in Burgos, where a new group took over the care of the Mother of God during Her pilgrimage in Spain. This time they were the pro life leaders from the region of La Roja. The car was changed and the journey continued.

At 5 PM the Mother of God in Her Icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa was solemnly welcomed in front of the church of Archangel Michael in the town of Logrono, and then the Holy Eucharist was celebrated. The homily emphasized  many acts against life that are carried out in Spain. The preacher pointed out the need to get personally involved in the couse of human life protection. Next the Holy Rosary for the defence of life and family was said, during which the members of the local pro life groups, among them also the Riojano Centre of Information and Help for Pregnant Women (CRIAME), shared information on their activities in contesting abortion.

The second Holy Mass was celebrated at 8 PM, and after that the exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Hour were held. After the celebrations the Icon was solemnly carried to the convent of the Sisters of the Missionary Work of Jesus and Mary, who run a kindegarden and a primary school (Casa Colegio de la Obra Misionera de Jesus y Maria), where the Icon was venerated throughout the night. The congregation was founded on the 14th of November 1939 in Madrid by the blessed Maria Pilar Izquierdo Albero. The Motto of the congregation is: Obra Misionera de Jesus y Maria (the Missionary Work of Jesus and Mary).

After the morning prayers in the convent of the Sisters of  the Missionary Work of Jesus and Mary and adoration, at 9 AM. children came to the school. The Sisters brought them to the Mother of God, showing them the Częstochowa Icon and telling Her story. They sang Marian songs and older children recited poems in honour of the Mother of God. One of the girls, together with her mother who is Polish, brought Mary a red rose as a gift. After the Rosary was said they said good-by to Our Lady and She departed.

The Mother of God went along the streets of Logrono with the police escort as far as the hospital (the only place in the region where abortions are carried out). Here at noon the pro life activists said the prayer of Angelus presided over by the chaplain of the hospital.

On the way to the next town of Huesca, in Agoncillo, the next pro life group took over the care of the Icon. The patrol of guardia civil (The citizens guard – the Spanish paramilitary organisation forming as a part of the State Security Corpes and Forces of the Kingdom of Spain) had offered their help and escort during the journey.

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