On Saturday 18 November, the
traditional Festival of the Rose Meeting was held in Pallerols de Rialb,
organized by the Association of Friends of the Path of Pallerols de Rialb in
The party began at 11.30 with
the screening of the documentary about the adventure of Saint Josemaría on his
way to escape to Andorra, due to religious persecution during the Spanish Civil
War of 1936-39. The video highlights the difficulties and sufferings endured by
the members of the group where Saint Josemaria was going and in particular
describes the anguish that the saint experienced on the night of November 21 to
22, 1937 when faced with the doubt of whether he was or not doing God's will by
continuing the escape route that had begun on October 8 in Madrid. The rose he
found in the church, on the morning of the 22nd, filled him with peace and
confirmed his decision to continue towards Andorra, surely he was doing God's
After the video there was a
guided tour of the rectory and the church, and then - at 12:30 - the procession
took place with the image of the Virgin Mary, while singing the Joys of the
Rose of Pallerols.
Once at the church, the mass
was celebrated in honor of the Mother of God presided over by Fr Xavier Pont,
priest of Opus Dei, and concelebrated with Fr Pere Jesús Morales, rector of
Ponts, and Fr Bonifaci Fortuny. In the homily, Fr Xavier highlighted Saint
Josemaria's passage through Pallerols and how in those moments of anguish and
inner desolation the Virgin Mary came to his aid, as she also comes to our aid
whenever we invoke her with confidence.
We offered mass for the
deceased in Pallerols and especially for the people related to the Camí
d'Andorra who have died during this year 2023: Martí Bentanachs (Fenollet),
Rosa Capell (Confós), Mn. Lluís Raventós (Raimat), Jaume Muntané (Andorra) and
Paco Coll (Andorra).
The performance of the
"Girona" Chamber Choir must be highlighted, with their songs they
gave special relief to the celebration of the Eucharist and the Joys of
Pallerols. Some of the components of Choir Girona that traveled to Pallerols
are: Elarda, Vera, Annia and Hannibal, all of them directed by Antoni Amorós.
At the end of the Eucharist,
we sang the Virolai and then we went to the cemetery to pray for the deceased
Some of the attendees had
lunch around Pallerols and others went to nearby villages and farmhouses.
At 4 in the afternoon there
was the recitation of the Rosary and the veneration of the relics of Saint
As every year, it was an
endearing party with the attendance of around 100 people: a good group from
Andorra and different places in Catalonia. It is noteworthy the presence of Luis
Jaureguízar and Glòria Gratacós who, like every year, came from Madrid and
invited a large group of married couples from Barcelona with their children,
with a total of more than 30 people.
As is traditional, the
inhabitants of the Barony of Rialb could not be missing: the deputy mayor
Dolors Caelles, the families of Ampurdanès, of Cal Solé and others.