October 12 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Pillar of Saragossa: Patron Saint of Spain

Saint Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Pillar of Saragossa: Patron Saint of Spain (Feast Date: October 12)

Extract from Our Lady of the Pillar – Saragossa, Spain (ca. 40 AD): “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 west as Spain to the village of Saragossa in north east Spain. While James was there, he became disheartened because of the failure of his mission. Tradition holds that while he was deep in prayer Jesus’ 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: ‘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 special occasions at a church that houses them. About a year after the apparition James arranged to build a small chapel in Mary’s honor, the first Church ever dedicated to the honor of the Virgin Mary.” See Picture of  Our Lady of the Pillar – Saragossa Spain.  See also: Our Lady of the Pillar (Multilingual), Our Lady of the Pillar of Saragossa, Our Lady of Pilar.

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

Flooding and Tornado in Spain (September-October, 2012) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  October 8 – October 21, 2012.

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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