On 29 August, 2021, will take place the 5th centenary Coronation of the Madonna. But what does it mean today to crown the ancient effigy of the Madonna of Oropa? The liturgical gesture of placing the crown on the head of the Son and the Mother makes Oropa the place of identity, where to draw new strength to face all difficulties. Oropa is the place where the profound need of the women and men of our time is tightened to a deep bond with the Madonna, who is Queen, but also Mother and Woman, themes that bring us back to the current times in which we live. In this way, we are all “Sons of a Queen”: children that in brotherhood and communion form the most precious crown. The crown is a sign of our affection and commitment to change: the journey towards 29 August 2021 will be an opportunity to rediscover, even for the non-believers, the solidarity, hope and positivity we all need.
“For this reason we give Her a crown. To recognize who She is for us. Our wish is that all those who are fond of Oropa, find themselves involved in this great event. This would be the real crowning of the Madonna!” Don Michele Berchi, Rector of the Sanctuary