Argentinian Friars Honor Our Lady of the Rosary with New Hymn

On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Pontifical Coronation of the statue of “Nuestra Señora del Rosario de la Defensa y Reconquista de Buenos Aires”, the Argentinian Province of St. Augustine (which includes Argentina and Chile) released a video of a new hymn dedicated to the Blessed Mother.

The song was composed by one of the student friars, Br. Martín Maria Cescutti, OP, during his novitiate year, drawing inspiration from blessed Bartolo Longo’s prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary and other Dominican sources. The song’s choral arrangement was also done by a student friar, Br. José Antonio María Poblete, OP. The task of producing a video of the hymn as part of the celebrations of the anniversary was given to him by the Master of Students.

While the audio recording and editing, which took several weeks, were done by the friars themselves, the video was made in collaboration with several close friends of the community. It was aptly released on the first day of the preparatory novena for the anniversary. The celebration takes place in the Santo Domingo Convent of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a procession through the streets of Buenos Aires, on Sunday, October 9.

The statue of Our Lady of the Rosary “de la Reconquista y Defensa de Buenos Aires” is the most ancient image of Our Lady of the Rosary in Argentina. It was brought to the country in 1586 and is venerated in the Dominican convent of Buenos Aires since its foundation in 1602. Several national heroes were devotees of this image, most notably General Manuel Belgrano, the creator of Argentina’s national flag, who was buried in the basilica wearing the Dominican habit. The image was granted a pontifical coronation by Pope Pius XI in 1922. More information on the Centennial of the Pontifical Coronation can be seen at the website of the Province. 


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