La Divina Pastora, Santa Rosa, Lara, Venezuela
Around 1736, the pastor of Santa Rosa Catholic Church, in the town of the same name in central Venezuela, ordered a statue of the Immaculate Conception, but instead got a Holy
Shepherdess statue ordered by the pastor of a church in nearby Barquisimeto. He immediately tried to send the statue on to its rightful destination, but it suddenly became so heavy
no one could move it. And so Santa Rosa kept the Divina Pastora, now the patron saint of the state of Lara. On January 14, 1855, the statue was carried in procession during a cholera epidemic, which ended that same day. Since then, every
January 14 a team of men carry the statues of the Holy Shepherdess, Child Jesus and sheep in a large processional shrine from the Basilica in Santa Rosa to the Barquismeto cathedral, accompanied by
millions of pilgrims, some barefoot. (Picture of statue in 2005 procession from Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado, www.ucla.edu.ve).
Also celebrated this date:
|Nossa Senhora de Fátima, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Church
inaugurated, 1945. |
|Madonna della Consolazione, Termini Imerese, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
|Virgen de la Oliva, Ejea de los Caballeros, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. Day
of the Vow commemorates 1700s cholera epidemic. Fiesta first Sunday in