October 26

Virgen del Amor Hermoso, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain

In 1946, local sculptor Juan González Moreno made the statue of the Virgin of Beautiful Love for the Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus Resurrected in Cartagena, in southeastern Spain. The Virgin's feast day is May 31, but her great moment in the port city comes on Easter Sunday. All the dramatic events of Holy Week draw to an emotional conclusion as the Brotherhood carries the Virgin's elaborate processional "throne" into the Church of Santa María, while the crowd sings her special Salve. On October 26, 2003, the president of the Catholic University of Murcia and his wife stood as godparents as the Virgin of Beautiful Love received a magnificent crown donated by the University and the City of Cartagena. (Picture from Agrupación de la Santisíma Virgen del Amor Hermoso, www.virgenamorhermoso.com.)   

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre Dame, Pringy, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France. Black Virgin restored still-born infant to life October 26, 1662, long enough to be baptised.
bulletNotre-Dame, Verdun, Meuse, Lorraine, France
bulletAll Holy Lady, Thessaloniki, Greece
bulletMadre di Dio Nikopeia, San Vito dei Normanni, Bari, Apulia, Italy. Icon crowned, 1996.
bulletIveron Mother of God, Moscow, Russia. Copy of Greek icon arrived, 1648.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly