February 3 – Virgen of Suyapa: Patron Saint of the Honduras

Virgin of Suyapa, Patron Saint of the Honduras (Feast Date: February 3)

Extract from: Virgin of Suyapa (Multilingual): “Many Hondurans believe the statue was miraculously discovered in late-January or early-February 1747 by a labourer, Alejandro Colindres. Colindres and an 8 year old boy had been sent by Colindres’s mother to clear some corn fields on Piligüin mountain, northeast of Teguicgalpa. On the way back, they were overtaken by nightfall and decided to sleep outside. Colindres was awakened by a sharp pain in the side, and discovered that he was sleeping on something. Later versions of the story claim that without looking at it, Colindres threw it as far away as he could, only to find it underneath him as he lay down again. . . . The next morning Colindres discovers that he’s been sleeping on the tiny statue of a virgin which he took home with him and set up in his mother’s house on the family altar. For the next 20 years it remained on the family’s altar in their house. . . . The statue of the Virgin remained in Colindres’s mother’s house for 20 years, until the first miracle was recorded in 1768. At that time the family began collecting funds to build a chapel, which was completed in 1777. Pope Pius XI declared her Patroness of Honduras under the title Our Lady of Suyapa, and selected February 3 as her feast day in 1925.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Suyapa. See also: Honduras: Our Lady of Suyapa, Our Lady of Suyapa, Pray For Us! Video: Our Lady of Suyapa.

Virgin of Suyapa, Patron Saint of the Honduras (Feast Date: February 3)

Extract from Virgin of Suyapa: “The Virgin of Suyapa (Spanish: Virgen de Suyapa) is an 18th-century statue (6 cm/2.3 in) of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. The statue, also known as the Our Lady of Suyapa (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Suyapa), is perhaps Honduras’ most popular religious image, and the focus of an extensive pilgrimage. The statue is kept in Suyapa, a suburb of the capital Tegucigalpa, and toured through various other parts of the country each year in early February. Many thousands of people from all over Central America make pilgrimages to visit the statue on her name day, February 3rd, a commemoration of the day she was found. The statue has been stolen and then recovered on two occasions. Our Lady of Suyapa is the Patroness of Honduras. Many Hondurans believe the statue was miraculously discovered in late-January or early-February 1747 by a labourer, Alejandro Colindres. Colindres and an 8 year old boy had been sent by Colindres’ mother to clear some corn fields on Piligüin mountain, northeast of Tegucigalpa. On the way back, they were overtaken by nightfall and decided to sleep outside. Colindres was awakened by a sharp pain in the side, and discovered that he was sleeping on something. Later versions of the story claim that without looking at it, Colindres threw it as far away as he could, only to find it underneath him as he lay down again. This detail is not present in early versions of the story. The next morning Colindres discovers that he’s been sleeping on the tiny statue of a virgin which he took home with him and set up in his mother’s house on the family altar. For the next 20 years it remained on the family’s altar in their house. It was not until 1768 that the statue was credited with its first recognized miracle and began to attract public attention. By 1777, a chapel was constructed for the statue.”

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of the Virgin of Suyapa on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Prison Fires in the Honduras (February 14, 2012) (America) SeeWorld Mission Rosary Intentions: February 27 – March 11,2012.

Military Coup in the Honduras (July, 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 20, 2009  – August 2, 2009.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,

make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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