They’re calling it Operation San Lorenzo, which I haven’t seen reported outside of Chile. (After St. Lawrence, the patron saint of miners, and one of the saints given considerable devotion in the area.)
During the rescue operation’s entire length, they’re holding a prayer vigil in the cathedral in Chile’s capital, Santiago. The vigil began with a eucharistic procession from El Sagrario Parish to the Cathedral, led by Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz.
Another thing I haven’t seen reported in the English-speaking media: Over in Zaragoza, Spain, yesterday expatriate Chileans dressed up like miners for the procession at her apparition shrine on the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar (Pilar), to ask for Mary’s continued protection of the 33 trapped miners. Devotees came from as far as Easter Island and Japan.
The obvious Marian point to make here is that it’s the month of the Rosary; that the miners started coming out on October 12, the feast of Nuestra Senora de Pilar and Nuestra Senora Aparecida; and that 93 years ago today, October 13, was Our Lady of Fatima’s sixth apparition, when Mary said that the war was going to end and the soldiers of WWI would return to their homes. And then the Sun danced…..
Of course, the miraculous Copiapo statue of the Blessed Virgin of Candlemas is still on-site, brought by the local archbishop to stay, way back when this started, until the miners were rescued.
Here’s a translated prayer from Chile for Our Lady of Copiapo:
Virgin of Candlemas, Mother of Miners and of the people of Atacama, we come to you with the confidence and simplicity of children. We arrive with our sorrows and hopes, with our sufferings and joys, with the fatigue of work and the burden of our sins, with all that we are and possess.
Virgin of Candlemas, you are the first carrier of the Light, that is, Christ. You are our mother. You reunite us with Christ, the Saviour. You are our hope, our consolation, and our joy. You accompany us in the city, the desert, the valleys, the mines, and the sea. You are our star on the way to the Father. You are our step toward meeting Jesus.
Virgin of Candlemas, Virgin Mother of God, hear our pleas. Bless our hearths, send us work and health, teach us to listen to your Son’s word and to live it every day, so that docile to the Holy Spirit. we may build a nation of brothers and a Church of servants in your land of Atacama.