Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Saint Spotlight: Our Lady of the Pillar

Saint Spotlight: Our Lady of the PillarThe first Marian apparition in history appeared to St. James the Apostle, the brother of St. John the Evangelist, on the bank of the River Ebro in Saragossa, Spain. Unlike every other recorded apparition, this one took place during the earthly life of the Mother of God.

According to tradition, she had promised St. James that when he needed it most in his difficult mission to the pagans in what is now Spain, she would appear to him to encourage him.

In the year 40 A.D., while praying one night on the bank of the river, the Virgin appeared with the Child Jesus standing on a pillar. She asked St. James and his eight disciples to build a church on the site, promising that “it will stand from that moment until the end of time in order that God may work miracles and wonders through my intercession for all those who place themselves under my patronage.”

The church of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza is the first church dedicated to Mary in history and it remains standing to this day, having survived invasions and wars. In the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, three bombs were dropped on the church and none of them exploded.

Our Lady is also said to have given the small wooden statue of the apparition to St. James, which now stands on a pillar in the church.

Nuestra Señora del Pilar is the patron of Spain and all Hispanic peoples.

Catholic News Agency

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