Mataró commemorates the two hundred and fifty years since the arrival of the first relics of Saint Juliana and Saint Semproniana, patrons of the City, ceded by the monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès, where tradition places their martyrdom at the beginning of the fourth century as disciples of Sant Cugat.
On July 26, 1772, the people of Matarón achieved what the Municipal Council, the clergy and many residents had repeatedly been asking for almost a century.
As a welcome, a procession was organized which, with the festive sound of bells from all the churches, accompanied the relics to Santa Maria, where they were enthroned.
Since then, devotion and love for the figure of the two young virgins and martyrs grew. Thus, in March 1852, an exceptional referendum took place in which the citizens decided to adopt Juliana and Semproniana as patrons. In this way, the Festa Major became July 27.
That is why this year, at eight o'clock in the evening on the 26th of July, the anniversary of the arrival of the relics, two and a half centuries later, will be remembered. After the liturgy on the last day of the Novena, the bells will announce the celebration of Solemn Vespers with texts specific to the worship of the Saints.
The priests of all the parish communities of the city have been invited to participate in the ceremony, which will be presided over by Dr. Ramon Corts i Blay, priest from Matarón, rector of the Basilica of the Pure Conception and vice-rector of the Sant Pacià University University of Barcelona.
The celebration will end with the singing of the "Te Deum", a ceremonial hymn of praise and thanksgiving that in the ritual tradition of the universal Church is sung on special occasions.