On Friday, March 4, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain visited the Basílica de Jesús de Medinaceli in Madrid.
For the past 300 years it has been a tradition for members of the Spanish royal family to visit the Basílica de Jesús de Medinaceli on the first Friday of March to venerate His image.
Basílica de Jesús de Medinaceli is one of the five basilicas that exist in Madrid, famous for housing the image of the Cristo de Medinaceli, a 17th-century Nazarene Christ of great devotion among the people of Madrid. Every year, on the first Friday of March, a popular kissing of the image is celebrated.
Declared a minor basilica by Pope Paul VI in 1973, the Basílica de Jesús de Medinaceli sits atop on the old Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians of Our Lady of the Incarnation. It is the canonical seat of the Archicofradía Primaria de la Real e Ilustre Esclavitud de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno de Medinaceli. Currently, it is governed by the community of the Orden de los Hermanos Menores Capuchinos.