Celebration of Santa Barbara and first Sunday of Advent
The next Saturday 1 of December We will celebrate the Holiday Santa Barbara (We anticipate your celebration, What is the 4 of December), whose image is is presiding over the altar of the Royal Chapel of this Holy.
The Royal Brotherhood of Santa Barbara de San Juan del Hospital, and on behalf of the rector of the church D. Carlos Cremades Sanz-Pastor invites Mass to be held on Saturday 1 of December to the 13 hours, commemoration of the feast of Santa Barbara.
The collection of this day will be used to assist in the reconstruction of the church of Santa Barbara in San Luis de Canete, in Peru, damaged by an earthquake from 2007. Then there will be a “speckle”.
The image of Santa Barbara who presides over the chapel that bears his name, was donated to the Church of San Juan del Hospital by the Army the 20 March of the 2001. Her devotion to this santa is back to the century XIII, and it is linked to the figure of the Empress Constance of Greece, that after widowhood, was host in Valencia by the King JaimeI, He joined her family ties. The Empress had great devotion to this Saint and spread it in various places. Up to the point of that when passed away, wanted to be buried in this church (1307) and he rested on the south side chapel of the presbytery. In 1696, the Real Brotherhood of Santa Barbara requested and obtained the transfer of his remains to the newly built baroque chapel of King Carlos II, placed under the patronage of this Saint who so much devotion professed. Currently rests in a box suspended on the right wall of the chapel - faithful replica of which was desecrated (1936)- that is dedicated to the book of the blessed. As Santa Barbara is the 4 of December, mention of this santa at all of the masses on that day will be.
In addition, the next day, the Sunday 2 of December celebrate the First Sunday of advent, getting ready for Christmas. By that will light a candle of the “Crown of advent” in the mass for children (12h). Every Sunday light a candle different families, and so up to four to turn the 4 candles from the fourth Sunday, on Christmas Eve.