Nuestra Señora del Sagrario, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
There are several statues of Mary in Toledo's cathedral, but the most revered is Our Lady of the Tabernacle, the city's patron, who has held a place of honor there since
the building of the present church in the 1200s.
Her legend relates that the image, once owned by the Apostles, was
brought to Toledo by Saint Eugenius II, Bishop from 647 to 657. When Muslim
conquerors approached in 711, Christians hid the statue in a well in the
cathedral cloister. When Alfonso VI of León and Castile reconquered Toledo, one
story goes, the statue emerged from the well water holding a lighted candle
("Capilla del Santísimo," Catedral Primada Toledo,
www.catedralprimada.es). Another story holds that the
well was dry, and that, alerted by a light that shone night after night on a
section of the cathedral, people dug there and found the statue ("Imagen
que Perteneció a los Apóstoles: Virgen del Sagrario de Toledo, España (15
de agosto)," Foros de la Virgen, forosdelavirgen.org).
On the spot is the present Blessed Sacrament Chapel, where Our Lady's statue
accompanies the tabernacle containing the Body and Blood of her Son.
The loquat wood statue is a classic medieval Virgin in Majesty, seated on a throne, with the Child in the middle of her lap. Canonically crowned May 30, 1926, the image was
profaned in the Civil War. It was recrowned Sept. 28, 1939. The Virgin's feast day is celebrated with great festivities August 15. (Image and information from "Virgen del
Sagrario," La Madre de Dios, ziarre.iespana.es/castillalamancha/cm001.htm.)
Also celebrated this date:
|Notre-Dame de Cambron, Cambron-Casteau, Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium.
Abbey dedicated, 1322.|
|Rodicky Boí, Stará Boleslav, Central Bohemia, Czech Republic (Parent
|Panagia Voulkaniotissa, Messene, Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece|
|Madonna di Salera, Cravegna, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piedmont, Italy.
Sacro Monte blessed, 1727.|
|Our Lady of Diman, Dimane, Bsharri, Lebanon. First stone laid, 1899.|
|Novonikita Mother of God, Moscow, Russia (September 15 Julian)|
|Nuestra Señora del Fresno, Grado, Asturias, Spain (Our Lady of the Ash
|Nuestra Señora de Villaoril, Piñera, Navia, Asturias, Spain|