Pilgrim weekend in Adeje

The pilgrim walk leaves from the Santa Úrsula church at 9am on Sunday

This Sunday, April 15th, the traditional Rogation, with the patron of the borough, the
Virgen de la Encarnación takes place. This is a pilgrim walk honouring a promise made over 300 years ago in return for divine intervention to save the local populace from a plague of locusts.

The tradition began in the XVI century when Pedro de Ponte decided to carry the statue of Our Lady to the Santa Úrsula church to protect her from pirate robbers. The residents of Adeje were not convinced that this was a good idea, and promised to bring her back to San Sebastian once a year. They also prayed to her for protection from plagues, illnesses and famines. Much of this is detailed in the ‘Libro de Milagros de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación’ (Book of miracles of Our Lady of the Incarnation) in the parish archive in Adeje.

The Adeje council advises those taking part in the traditional pilgrim to make sure they are wearing comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for the walk, bring water and fruit, ideally wear a hat or cap of some sort to protect from the sun, and make sure they are wearing sun cream.

There will be stops and personnel on hand to attend anyone with a problem along the way.

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