March 23

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Virgen de la Piedad, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain

The Royal and Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus from Nazareth, the oldest confraternity in Cartagena, goes back to the 1600s. It is known as the Cofradía Marraja because it got the proceeds of any mako sharks (marrajas) sold in the fish market. Long responsible for many of the holy week processions in Cartagena, in 1906 the Brotherhood incorporated the Virgen de la Piedad, or Pietà, into their pagentry, and in 1925 hired Valencian sculptor José Capuz to create an image. The following year, the the Agrupación Santísima Virgen de la Piedad was formed as a subconfraternity of the Marrajos. The Pietà figures in the Procession of Promises on Monday of Passion Week and in the Good Friday procession with the statue of Cristo Nazareno. It was crowned noncanonically on March 23, 1964. (Picture and information from the Agrupación's website, www.virgendelapiedad-cartagena.com. See also Cartagena's website, wwwe.cartagena.es/ssanta2008/e-cofradia-marraja.asp.)   

Also commemorated this date:

Annunciation, Nazareth, North, Israel. Basilica consecrated, 1969.
La Dolorosa, Gijón, Asturias, Spain. New image blessed, 1939.
Virgen de Gracia y Esperanza, Seville, Spain (Virgin of Grace and Hope). Statue crowned March 23, 1947. Annual celebration around December 18.
Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, Las Gabias, Granada, Andalucía, Spain (Our Lady of the Snows). Proclaimed principal patron by papal bull of Clement XIV, 1774. Feast August 5.

 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly