Tuesday after Pentecost

Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain

Oviedo, capital of the rugged land of Asturias in northern Spain, has honored Our Lady of Hope on this date for hundreds of years. In 1232, Doña Velasquita Giráldez gave its tailors' guild a hospital and chapel dedicated to Santa María, along with several farms to cover their maintenance costs. In return the trade guild agreed to have masses and prayers said annually for her soul. By 1450, the devotional Confraternity of La Balesquida (i.e. Velasquita) was assuming some of those duties. Their May procession with the Virgin's statue, followed by a lunch of bread and wine, has evolved into a week-long celebration culminating on the Tuesday after Pentecost, a holiday known in Oviedo as Martes de Campo or Martes del Bollu, Field Tuesday or Loaf Tuesday, for the sausage-filled loaves distributed in St. Francis Park after mass.   

Dedicated to Our Lady of Hope, the Chapel of La Balesquida, rebuilt in 1876, stands near the original St. Mary's Hospital. The Virgin's statue was made in the 1700s as an image to be dressed, with only the head and hands carved and painted. Our Lady of Hope doesn't always look the same, because her hand positions and clothing change with the occasion, but on her breast is always pinned the medal of the City of Oviedo, given by the Council on May 25, 1952.

In addition to the celebration at Pentecost, the Confraternity observes the Feast of Our Lady of Hope on December 18, an old Catholic holy day still kept in Spanish-speaking countries in honor of Mary's pregnancy or "expectation." It is sometimes called the feast of Our Lady of the O for the advent antiphons sung at that time: O come, O come ...

(Information and picture from the Confraternity's website, www.labalesquida.es.)

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre-Dame de Wasmes, Wasmes, Colfontaine, Hainaut, Belgium. Procession.
bulletMadonna della Valle, Acciano, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
bulletMadonna del Buonviaggio, Vezzano Ligure, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy (Madonna of Good Voyage)
bulletMadonna di Valfrancesca, Sora, Frosinone, Latium, Italy. Procession of "Maonna Ranna" (Big Madonna) from 1856 cholera to 1961.
bulletMadonna di Costantinopoli, Portocannone, Campobasso, Molise, Italy (Madonna of Constantinople)
bulletMadonna della Stella, Riardo, Caserta, Campania, Italy (Madonna of the Star)
bulletMadonna di Costantinopoli, Naples, Campania, Italy. Painting found after revelation to old woman, 1529.
bulletSanta Maria di Costantinopoli, Papasidero, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletSanta Maria di Costantinopoli, Rende, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna di Porto, Gimigliano, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
bulletSanta Maria di Costantinopoli, Castelgrande, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
bulletSanta Maria di Costantinopoli, Marsico Nuovo, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
bulletMaria Santissima dell'Altomare, Andria, Bari, Apulia, Italy (Most Holy Mary of the High Seas)
bulletNosa Señora da Mercé, San Pedro de Cervás, Coruña, Galicia, Spain. Thanksgiving for liberation from 1404 plague. Festa Sept. 24.
bulletVirgen de las Abejas, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, La Rioja, Spain (Virgin of the Bees). Romería to chapel; mass, meal, procession.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly