February 27

Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz, Andalucia, Spain

In the 1500s, a mysterious light guided a shepherd to a small standing image of the Virgin. A shrine grew up around it, dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies. In 1738, a terrible drought struck the region. On February 13 the local council decided to perform a novena, "carrying in procession Our Lady of Remedies and Nazarene Jesus of Refuge from the Augustinian monastery to the main church" for nine days. At the ritual's conclusion, February 24, rain began to fall. It was still falling on the 27th, when the council met again to name Nuestra Señora de los Remedios patron of Chiclana de la Frontera. Pope Benedict XV confirmed her patronage of the town on June 12, 1916. Although tradition assumes the statue in the Church of San Telmo to have been hidden from the Moors by early Spanish Christians, art historians date it to the 1500s, near its date of appearance. Chiclana honors Our Lady of Remedies with an annual procession on the feast of Mary's Nativity, September 8. (Information from web cofrade de Sevilla, www.rafaes.com. Picture from "Salida Procesional de la Patrona de Chiclana de la Frontera. Remedios (8 Fotos)," A. Quijano de Benito, 9/11/04, www.lapasion.org.)   

Also commemorated this date:

bulletVierge de la Lande, Saint-Colomban, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France (Virgin of the Heath). Statue blessed, 1955, on site of apparitions to Marie Lorteau in 1882.
bulletSanta María, Portugalete, Bilbao, Viscaya, Spain. Church proclaimed Basilica, 1951.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly