Monday, July 23, 2007

Hispanic Christianity

Part II

Our Lady of the Pillar:

40 AD - Saragossa, Spain

In 40 AD St. James the Apostles traveled to the village of Saragossa in northeast Spain to preach the gospel. While he was deep in prayer the Blessed Mother appeared to him and gave him a small wooden statue of herself and a column of jasper wood and instructed him to build a church in her honor saying:

"This place is to be my house and this image and column shall be the title and altar of the temple that you shall build."

Today the column and the 15 inch tall, wooden statue of our Lady can be seen at the Basilica of La Virgen del Pilar in Saragossa.

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