Second Sunday in November

Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga, Cavite City, Calabarzon, Philippines

Usually translated "Our Lady of Solitude," Nuestra Señora de la Soledad is really Our Lady of Grief, kneeling before the instruments of her Son's death. With varying details, local traditions indicate the image was found in the late 1600s along the shore of Manila Bay near the Porta Vaga harbor. An inscription on the back of the painting of the Virgin of Porta Vaga says, "On April 12, 1692, Juan Oliba placed this Sacred Image here." At the time, the port was home to a hundred galleons operating a profitable trade route between the Philippines and Acapulco, Mexico. Our Lady of Porta Vaga quickly became their patroness, and her image was used to bless the departing ships. Her fiesta on the second Sunday of November was celebrated with great splendor, the bare feet of processing pilgrims treading rich carpets in the streets. In 1945, U.S. and Philippine forces, bombing the Japanese occupiers, destroyed the Cathedral of Our Lady of Grief of Porta Vaga. The image is now at a side altar in the Church of San Roque, where people line up to pray to the Queen of Cavite, patroness of the province and well-known worker of miracles. (Picture and some information from "Nuestra  Señora dela Soledad de Porta Vaga,"  

Also celebrated this date:

bulletNossa Senhora de Nazaré, Santa Cruz do Arari, Pará, Brazil 
bulletNossa Senhora de Divina Pastora, Divina Pastora, Bahia, Brazil
bulletNossa Senhora Medianeira de Todas as Graças, Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces). Romaria.
bulletNossa Senhora de Nazaré, Bragança & Soure, Pará, Brazil. Cirios.
bulletOur Lady of Ajuda, Ribandar, North Goa, Goa, India 
bulletQueen of Martyrs, Assolna, South Goa, Goa, India (Regina Martyrum) 
bulletOur Lady of Graces, Sardhana, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
bulletMadonna del Rosario, San Giovanni del Dosso, Mantova, Lombardy, Italy. Fair in Brazzuolo district.
bulletVirgen de Mediavilla, Sarrión, Teruel, Aragón, Spain. Procession follows solemn novena.
bulletMare de Déu del Claustre, Tarragona, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain (Cloister Mother of God)
bulletNuestra Señora de los Remedios, Vélez-Málaga, Málaga, Andalucia, Spain
bulletVirgen de las Angustias, Guadix, Granada, Andalucia, Spain. Town patron. Procession from Cathedral to shrine.
bulletVirgen del Rosell, Cartagena, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain
bulletVirgen del Socorro, Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela (Virgin of Help)

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly