Apropos of nothing except a short conversation on social media…..
Francisco Goya – Saint James and his disciples adoring Our Lady of the Pillar
The Apostle James, despondent and tired during in his mission to preach the Gospel in Spain, received a vision of Our Lady, holding a child, on top of a pillar. Having given words of great encouragement, she left the Apostle a small wooden statue and a pillar of jasper. She is now venerated in the Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar.
Our Lady of the Pillar is credited with the workings of many miracles and is venerated across the Spanish-speaking world. Her feast is celebrated with a fiesta in Zaragoza and is a national holiday in Spain; amongst many other events, during the nine-day fiesta, her statue is decked with flowers and paraded through the streets. And if you ever meet a Hispanic lady called Pilar, you will know from where her name derives….
Ofrende de Flores
Here’s a giant church: