Community Virgen de Izamal
Casa del Sacerdote
Calle 24 N. 97 x 17 y 19
C.P. 97100 MEXICO
Serving in the Archdiocese of Yucatan (Mérida) since 2014.
Our Lady of Izamal community has been entrusted with the temporal care of the retired diocesan priests in the Archdiocese of Yucatan at the house for priest, Casa del Sacerdote.
The House also is use as residence 12 priest and retreat house for the Renewal Retreats for priest held 3 times a year for two months. Priest also come to rest for few days. The sisters organize activities for entertainment as well as liturgical events along the year.
Our Patroness | Virgen de Izamal
Suddenly on December 1st, after bringing to Izamal the other image, the sacristan showed up at the temple and explained to the priest that he would only spend eight days in the city and that he would be available to be the guardian of the Virgin’s room. The Priest accepted and after December 8th, he disappeared again from Izamal promising to return next year to work in the church on the same days and in the same way.
This custom continued for several years, but strange rumors began to flow through the town. It was said that in the early hours of the morning of December 8, the sacristan was seen leaving the church of Izamal and heading to Kinich-Kakmó hill. He reached the eastern part of the base of the hill and disappeared in a hollow. Soon he was seen leaving and returning to the convent through the same streets. Moments later he left the church again and repeated the trip exactly like the previous one. And then after the second trip, the streets where he passed filled with a sweet flower’s scent.
Years later, when the sacristan was old already, he found some people on his nocturnal trip to the hill, and he told them that that was the last year he came to Izamal, but even in his absence, they would observe that in the streets where he spent his strange trips every December 8 at dawn, “they would continue as before smelling flowers”.
Also he said that finally he had been authorized to reveal the secret guarded since April 16, when the church burned: “he was working in the back of the building and when he noticed the flames, he heard a voice saying: “Save me, I am the Virgin”. Then he noticed a faint light that followed him and not knowing where to go he directed his steps towards the Kinich-Kakmó hill, and in the hollow that it has on the eastern side penetrated accompanied by the Virgin. For fear of what happened he left Izamal thinking never to return, but one day, in the place where he went to take refuge, he heard that voice again, saw the light and was ordered to come to Izamal every year for the holidays and not leave here until he accompanied the two sisters in the annual change of place, in which he accompanied them.
He also indicated that no one dares to enter the hollow of the hill where one of the virgins is sheltering, because beneath it there is a cenote with a small island in the center and in the water around inhabits a huge snake guardian that would eat anyone who comes near. From that day the sacristan was never seen again in the town. But it is said that until now, every 8th of December, in the early hours of the morning, on the streets that connect the convent with the Kinich-Kakmó hill, you can smell the flowers, even when you can’t see anybody passing by.