viernes, 30 de agosto de 2013

Life in Quito 60 Years Ago

 Very early in the morning, sometimes under a light rain, as it was mid April, we, some of Colegio San Gabriel’s high school students, used to meet at the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús in the old Quito and join the procession known as “Rosario de la Aurora”, Rosary of the Dawn. During nine days we visited several downtown neighborhoods, that is: one day San Juan, other day La Loma, other San Marcos, San Roque, El Tejar, etc. In each of the local churches we stopped to pray a few moments and then returned to La Compañía, where at 5h00 a.m. mass was celebrated. There was always many people attending and you could find every year most of the same persons.

I guess that it made us love the city more than anything else because we were having a spiritual experience, at an extraordinary hour, mixed with the visual exposure to charming streets and churches visited when seldom you may see people walking around. One notable highlight was the clear, strong and unforgettable voice of Don Jaime Acosta Velasco, always leading the singing and praying. He and many of the participants are gone now. However, the central point was returning to La Compañía. Even at that epoch, late 50’s and early 60’s, our beloved church was dazzling and sharing its beauty with everyone.

But afterwards we had to hurry home to have breakfast and rush to school.

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