Virgen del Rosario del Paraute, Lagunillas, Zulia, Venezuela
|Lake Maracaibo, a giant teardrop suspended from the Gulf of
Venezuela in the northwest of the country, was home to several native
communities built on stilts. The Pueblo Viejo River, formerly called the
Paraute, enters the lake at the town of Lagunillas de Agua. On October 28,
1651, an Indian sitting in a stilt house there recovered a piece of wood
that kept floating in on the water. It was found to bear an image which
Catholics identified as the Virgin of the Rosary. Enshrined in the church,
it became an object of pilgrimage and celebration every year on October
28. Despite its watery location, Lagunillas has repeatedly burned. The
image was saved and resides in the church of the Morochas district.
Information from Gobernación del Estado Zulia, www.gobernaciondelzulia.gov.ve,
and other sources. Picture from "ElCaminoNeocatecumenal1,"
Also commemorated this date:
|Notre Dame de Clignancourt, Paris, France. Church blessed, 1863.|
|Frauenbergkapelle, Eichstätt, Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany. Statue
|Madonna di Capocroce, Frascati, Roma, Latium, Italy. Painting
|Madonna di Portosalvo, Torre del Greco, Napoli, Campania, Italy.
Church dedicated, 1801. Festa first Sunday in February.|
|Our Lady of the Lighthouse, Tobetsu, Sapporo, Japan. Trappists
arrived, 1896. |
|She Who Ripens the Grain, Shamordino, Kaluga, Russia (Oct. 15 old