Nuestra Señora del Pilar

Apropos of nothing except a short conversation on social media…..

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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….

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Ofrende de Flores

Here’s a giant church:

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Statue image rights here. Basilica image rights here.

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