Posted On 23. January 2013 In Schoenstatt - Reaching out

Three years of breaking day in the country of vigils

SPAIN, Pedro Schoch. For more than three years, a group of men gather every other Saturday at dawn in the Shrines of Pozuelo and Madrid to share a time of prayer and meditation close to the Blesssed Mother and the Lord. These events end at approximately ten o’clock in the morning with a breakfast, where they discuss the subject of the prayer group in an animated and open conversation, which contributes to reinforce the attachments among the members of the community of Daybreakers, the name of this prayer group.

The idea of the Daybreakers emerged in 1989 in the Schoenstatt Shrine in Rancagua, Chile.  Since then, more than eight communities in twelve countries have emerged.  In Spain it began as the result of  Father Jorge Zeger’s visit at the end of 2009.  Father Jorge brought this stream of life from Chile, and he encouraged them to implement it in Spain.

At that moment, they asked themselves if would be possible to implement a stream of Day-breakers in Spain, a land of vigils and above all, of the great tradition of night life.

Three years later it could be said that it is a reality in Madrid as well as in Pozuelo and Barcelona, where they are small but persevering communities of enthusiastic men of Day-breakers continue to attend on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. to pray.  The communities are open to men of all ages, who want to unite at dawn in prayer.

The photo is from the last meeting which was held up to now, on January 12, 2013, at the door of the Shrine of Pozuelo.

Original: Spanish. Translation: Celina Garza, San Antonio, USA

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