February 18

Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Rota, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain

Our Lady of the Rosary is the patron saint of Rota, an Atlantic coastal town in southern Spain. Her statue, dating from the 1500s, occupies a blue-tiled chapel in the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la O. On this day in 1807, Rota's town council ordered it to be carried in procession with the statue of Christ of the Chapel to pray for the end of a severe drought. Rains came and saved the crops. The statue is a candelero image designed to be dressed, with finely carved and painted head, hands, and child, mounted on a plain support. It was canonically crowned on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Oct. 7, 2003. See the Confraternity's site, Rota y el Rosario, www.rotayelrosario.es. (Picture posted by Profesor de religión, 7 Oct 2010, "Hoy celebramos la Virgen del Rosario, Patrona de Rota," Religión católica en el I.E.S. Arroyo Hondo de Rota, religionarroyohondo.blogspot.com.)

Also commemorated this date:

Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, Quezalguaque, Leon, Nicaragua
Mother of God "Seeking of the Lost," Bor, Kaluga, Russia (Feb. 5 Julian)
Mother of God "Rescuer of the Drowning," Divnogorsk, Voronezh, Russia (Feb. 5 Julian)
María Auxiliadora de la Trinidad, Seville, Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain. Church dedicated, 2006 (indulgenced anniversary). Feast May 24.
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly