Saturday, February 6, 2010

Rosary of the Dawn in Quito

Here is a video clip of the beginning part of what is called the “Rosary of the Dawn.” Every year on her feast on February 2, a small statue of Our Lady of Good Success is carried on the streets while the people pray and sing.

In times of Quito’s glorious past, the 5:00 a.m. rosary used to attract thousands. By the end of the twentieth century, however, modernity’s corrosive acids had reduced the participation to a few dozen.

I was proud to be among those who have helped revive this procession literally in the public square. We handed out invitations all week and there were nearly 6,000 souls who attended! The procession is complete with fireworks and a band. More later.


  1. I participated in a rosary devotion with over 50,000 others at the Rosary Bowl (Rose Bowl) in Pasadena, CA in May, 2007. That far surpasses this so called largest rosary ever!

  2. Anonymous: It is wonderful you participated in a Rosary devotion with so many people. Maybe you helped set some kind of record, for what it's worth. The Rosary Bowl numbers certainly eclipse those of any Quito Rosary procession. No one made any claim that would contradict that, as far as I can see. The statement you seem to take issue with simply means that, of all the dawn Rosary processions held in honor of Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, the latest was the largest.