Mercedarian Festivities

  • 17th January, CANONICAL COMFIRMATION OF THE ORDER OF LA MERCED: It took place in Rome on 17th January, 1235, by pope Gregory IX

  • 17th April, MEMORIAL OF BLESSED MARIANA DE JESÚS

  • 27th April, MEMORIAL OF SAINT PEDRO ARMENGOL

  • 6th May, SOLEMNITY OF SAINT PEDRO NOLASCO: although in many outdated calendars the festivity of St. Pedro Nolasco is 29th February, his official feast day is 6th May, which coincides with his death in Barcelona: 6th May, 1245. Coinciding with this date the Brotherhood of la Merced celebrates its Major Chapter in the Basilica with the incorporation of the new brothers. In other places where Saint Pedro Nolasco is a patronal feast, a popular meal cooked in pots is usually celebrated as a tradition, which recalls that on the feast day of the saint the poor were invited to eat for nothing.

  • 9th July, FESTIVITY OF JESUS CHRIST THE REDEEMER

  • 24th July, MEMORIAL OF BLESSED MARGARITA LÓPEZ DE MATURANA. Founder of the Sisters of Mercy of Bérriz

  • 2nd August, FESTIVITY OF THE DESCENT OF THE VIRGIN: this commemorates the apparition of the Virgin of la Merced, on the night of 1st to 2nd August, to St. Pedro Nolasco, urging him to found a religious order to comfort and redeem captive Christians. It is a tradition in the Mercedarian communities to celebrate midnight Mass on this day.

  • 10th August, FOUNDATION OF THE ORDER OF LA MERCED: in commemoration of the foundation of the Order of la Merced in the cathedral of Barcelona, with the bishop of the city, Berenguer de Palou and King Jaime I present.

  • 28th August, FESTIVITY OF SAINT AUGUSTIN: legislator of the Order, whose Rule of life is followed by the Mercedarians.

  • 31st August, FESTIVITY OF SAINT RAMÓN NONATO: patron saint of pregnant women and of midwives. Major festival with hundreds of pilgrims in the monastery of Saint Ramon and of all its region : La Segarra - 16th September, MEMORIAL OF BLESSED MARIANO ALCALÁ AND 18 FELLOW MARTYRS, victims of the Spanish civil war.

  • 19th September, IN MEMORY OF SAINT MARIA DE CERVELLÓ: founder of the Sisters of Mercy of the Order of la Merced.

  • 24th September, SOLEMNITY OF THE VIRGIN OF LA MERCED: liturgical solemnity in all the Order of la Merced and in all the places where she is the patron saint, such as in the city of Barcelona. There is usually a Novena previous to the feast day, and in Barcelona a solemn procession. The festivity of la Merced has been celebrated on 24th September in Barcelona as a Main Festivity since 1868, when Pope Pius IX named the Virgin of la Merced Patron Saint of the diocese and of the city, and Queen Isabel II declared it as a national holiday. In Barcelona the main liturgical act is Mass at 10 am with the presence of civil and military authorities.

  • 11th October, MEMORIAL OF BLESSED JUAN NEPOMUCENO ZEGRÍ: Founder of the Mercedarian Sisters of Charity.

  • 6th November, COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE SAINTS OF THE ORDER

  • 7th November, COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE DECEASED OF THE ORDER

  • 14th November, MEMORIAL OF SAN SERAPIO, patron of all those who suffer from bone and joint illnesses. Benediction and distribution of the “oil of Saint Serapio”.

  • 6th December, SAN PEDRO PASCUAL: patron of students and trainees of the Order.