September 8 – St. Mary, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre: Patron Saint of Cuba

Our Lady of Charity, Patron Saint of Cuba (Feast Date: September 8)

Extract from Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre: “A statue of Our Lady with a miraculous origin. It stands about 16 inches high. The head is made of baked clay covered with a polished coat of fine white powder, possibly rice paste, and until recently was covered with several layers of paint. She stands on a moon that has silver clouds at either end and three golden-winged cherubs beneath it. She cradles the Christ Child in her left arm, and holds a gold crucifix in her right. The Child raises one hand in blessing, and in the other hand he holds a golden globe. Around 1608 two brothers found a small white bundle floated across the water toward them. It turned out to be the statue of Our Lady. It was attached to a board, was completely dry, and bore the inscription I am the Virgin of Charity. A shrine was built immediately, and instantly became a pilgrimage destination. At the request of the veterans of the War of Independence, Our Lady of Charity was declared the patroness of Cuba by Pope Benedict XV in 1916. Then image was solemnly crowned in the Eucharistic Congress at Santiago de Cuba in 1936. Pope Paul VI raised her sanctuary to a basilica in 1977. Pope John Paul II solemnly crowned her again in 1998.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Charity of el Cobre.

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For more information about St. Mary, Mother of Jesus, see Saint Mary: Blessed Virgin, Mother of God.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Charity of el Cobre on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Sinking of Cuban Refugee Raft near Cancun Mexico (October 12, 2012) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intenti0ns: October 22 – November 4, 2012.

Hurricane Paloma in Cuba (November, 2008) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 10 – November 23, 2008.

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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