Read an interesting report about an SSPX pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador.
Candlemas 2015 saw the Tridentine Mass celebrated at the Conceptionist Church and convent of Quito, Ecuador. On that date two groups of SSPX pilgrims, led by Fr. Marc Vernoy and Fr. Timothy Pfeiffer, converged to offer a sung Mass upon the main altar under the countenance of Our Lady of Good Success.
The statue of Our Lady of Good Success was commenced by Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres in obedience to a command given by the Blessed Virgin Mary in an apparition of February 2nd, 1610, and the work was miraculously completed by St. Francis of Assisi and the Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael.
In the apparitions Our Lady instructed Mother Mariana regarding events that would come to pass in subsequent centuries. She foretold that a 19th century Catholic president would consecrate Ecuador to the Sacred Heart, after which he would be assassinated by Freemasons; this prophecy was fulfilled in the person of President Garcia Moreno (1821-1875) [see an image of his statue below].
Our Lady told Mother Mariana that in the 19th century the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and Papal Infallibility would be solemnly defined.
In the 20th century, she continued, a great crisis in the Church would see the sacraments of extreme unction, matrimony, and holy orders attacked and profaned, while Catholics who should defend the Faith would gave way to unbridled luxury. Our Lady implored that the people of this time should “clamor insistently” to the Heavenly Father to bring an end to these “ominous times, and to send the Church the prelate who will restore the spirit of its priests.”
Today the incorrupt body of Mother Mariana is kept within the Conceptionist convent. In the image below, the pilgrims are being instructed in the life of Mother Mariana by the abbess.
Quito is also home to St. Mariana of Jesus de Paredes (1618-1645). An orphan who lived a solitary life, practiced great austerities, and was endowed with the gifts of prophecy and miracles, this aptly-named Lily of Quito was the first Ecuadoran to be canonized.
Before the February 2nd Mass the traditional pilgrims joined over two thousand local Catholics in a pre-dawn candlelight procession through Quito in honor of Our Lady. The city is home to many Catholic sites and wonders, including a miraculous painting of Our Lady of Sorrows that has helped bring about many conversions. On Easter Friday, 1906, 40 witnesses observed the eyes of the picture moving and opening and closing.
The city’s Carmelite Church served as the first home of St. Mariana and is home to the relic of a Holy Innocent. The Augustinian Church houses the miraculous statue of Our Lord of Good Hope. Other beautiful churches belong to the Jesuits, the Franciscans, the Dominicans, and the Mercedarians. Religious sites of interest include the National Basilica to the Sacred Heart, the Statue to Our Lady of the Apocalypse, and the miraculous crucified Christ Child on Pichincha Mountain.
In addition to Catholic places in Quito, the pilgrims traveled across country to see the miraculous image of Our Lady of Las Lajas, which is situated above the Gualtara River in southern Colombia. The majestic scene was not made by human hands—instead, it is mysteriously imprinted deeply into the rock. The image was discovered in the 18th century by an Indian woman, whose little girl was miraculously restored to life after the distraught mother took her daughter’s body to Las Rajas and asked Our Lady’s help.
Another Catholic site that the pilgrims visited was the Grotto of La Paz along the Apaqui River in in northern Ecuador. In the 18th century a Franciscan Friar discovered the life-like image of Our Lady in the grotto formed from a stalagmite. The image was painted and adorned in the 20th century, and today it is visited by pilgrims year-round.
Star of the stormy sea of my mortal life, may your light shine upon me so that I do not stray from the path that leads me to heaven.” (Prayer taken from The Testament of Mother Mariana)