"A cantararle a la Virgen con fe..."
Devotion to the Virgen del Rocío goes around the world. To the extensive list of Filial Brotherhoods, the Non-Filial Brotherhoods and the Rociero Associations are added, to constitute the devotional group of El Rocío.
The brotherhoods are public associations of the faithful, erected by their diocesan bishops to promote the worship of the Virgin of God, through devotion to the Virgin of Rocío. God through devotion to the Virgin of El Rocío . The title of subsidiary is granted by the Hermandad Matriz de Ntra. Sra. del Rocío de Almonte. She alone is responsible for this unique attribution in the world of brotherhoods and sisterhoods. Its origins date back to the first half of the XVII century. XVII century It is already mentioned in the Patronage of the Virgin of Almonte in the town of Almonte in 1653.
In imitation of it, according to the Rules of 1758, there appears the first list of brotherhoods ordered by towns and cities: The towns of Villamanrique de la Condesa, Pilas, La Palma del Condado, Moguer, and the cities of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Rota and El Gran Puerto de Santa María. The latter two disappeared in the 19th century, only to be re-established later in the 20th century.
It was not until the beginning of the 19th century that we find the foundation of another brotherhood, namely that of Triana, in 1813. specifically that of Triana, in the year 1813. During this century three more brotherhoods were founded: Umbrete (1829), Coria del Río (1849) and Huelva (1880).
From this date on, there will not be another brotherhood foundation until well into the twentieth century, with San Juan del Puerto in 1913. The Canonical Coronation of the Virgen del Rocío in 1919 marks another period of growth that was boosted between 1932 and 1935, by the anti-religious policies of the Second Republic. During this period, brotherhoods arose in Jerez de la Frontera, Dos Hermanas, Olivares, Hinojos, Sevilla, Bonares, Puebla del Río, Bollullos Par del Condado, Valverde de Camino, Gibraleón or Córdoba.
In the last decades of the twentieth century and in the first two decades of the twenty-first century, the number of filial brotherhoods increased notably, reaching 125 in December 2019, with the founding of the brotherhood of Ntra. Sra. del Rocío de Linares (Jaén).