Human Flower Project
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Araceli’s Flowers on a Seat of Honor
The patron saint of Lucena inspires a distinctive floral outpouring from the faithful of Southern Spain.
The Virgin of Araceli, patroness of Lucena, Spain, dressed in typical Andalusian costume
Photo: Oracion Año Jubilar
On the first weekend in May, residents of Lucena, Spain, make splendid veneration of their town’s patron saint the Virgin of Araceli.
This year the celebration promises to be especially lavish and well attended as it marks a “jubilee,” 450 years since the sacred statue came to Lucena from Rome. The town stretches out its season of celebration from April 30 forward (May is the traditional month of Mary), though Saturday May 5 is climactic: the major procession, will involve the formal offerings of flowers to Our Lady, as the statue moves from a shrine on the outskirts of town through the city to the church downtown.
“As usual, the procession will depart from Paseo de Rojas, and conclude in the Parish of San Mateo, which is home to the Lady of Lucena.