As in his best days, “El coplero de oro”, Cristóbal Jiménez, maintains a strong presence on the stations with the song A José Gregorio Hernández, authored by the poet Genaro García, illustrious son of Caicara del Orinoco and popularly known as “Coquito ”.
This theme pays tribute to the “Saint” of the Venezuelan people who on June 19 was considered “blessed” by decision of Pope Francis. From that moment, between prayers and songs, the country revived faith and hope.
Monday October 26 marks the 156th anniversary of the birth of Dr. José Gregorio Hernández, and on such an important date the exhumation of his remains will take place. In this sense, Cardinal Baltazar Porras, administrator of the Archdiocese of Caracas, explained that the bodies of those declared "blessed" must be exhumed to verify the state in which they are found and part of those relics will be sent to the Vatican.
So, today as yesterday, José Gregorio Hernández is present in the religious glossary and in the hearts of Venezuelans; and in different ways the cultists of our folklore pay homage and tribute to it with a bunch of songs to the sound of the harp and in the voice of its greatest figures.
When Cristóbal Jiménez sings to José Gregorio, he carries in his song the voice and feelings of the Venezuelan people, in recognition of the sanctity of the "doctor of the poor."