Our Lady of the Pillar

Virgo Clemens

Saragossa, Spain (ca. 40 AD) – Feastday Oct. 12

After the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, His Apostles began to spread the message he left throughout Israel and shortly thereafter, through the Roman empire. One of these Apostles, James (the Greater), reportedly travelled as far as west of Spain to the village of Saragossa in north east of Spain. While James was there, he became disheartened because of the failure of his mission. Tradition holds that 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 and instructed him to build a church in her honor:

“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.”

The jasper column and the wooden statue can still be seen on…

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