December 4

Nuestra Señora de los Reyes, Seville, Spain

Our Lady of the Kings is co-Patron of Seville with St. Ferdinand III, hero of the reconquest, who installed the Virgin's image in its first chapel there in 1248. After Seville's magnificent late-Gothic cathedral was built, the larchwood statue moved to it in 1579. On December 4, 1904, it became the first image in Andalucia to be canonically crowned. On the feast of the Assumption, August 15, the Virgin of the Kings processes through the city in splendor to her Hymn:   
A tus planta se postra Sevilla 
por rendirte homenaje y loor. 
Gloria, gloria a ti, Virgen de los reyes, 
que nos riges con cetro de amor. 

Gloria, gloria a ti, Virgen de los reyes, 
gloria a ti, ¡Oh, Reina de amor! 

Tuyo, Señora, nuestro hogar 
y tuyos nuestros amores. 
Nuestra oración tus flores, 
y nuestro pecho tu altar. 

Reina aquí, pues tu Sevilla, 
que Fernando conquistó. 
A ti, Virgen de los Reyes, 
por patrona te aclamó. 

Seville comes to your feet 
to offer you homage and praise. 
Glory, glory to you, Virgin of the Kings, 
Who rule with love always.

Glory, glory to you, Virgin of the Kings, 
Glory to you, Oh, Queen of love! 

Lady, our home is yours 
And yours our love always. 
Our prayers will be your flowers, 
Our breast your holy place.

Reign here, in your Seville, 
That Ferdinand took for you, 
When, Virgin of the Kings, 
He called you patron too.

The  website of the Faithful Association of the Virgin of the Kings and San Fernando has a Flash recording: www.virgendelosreyesysanfernando.com. (Picture from "Catedral de Sevilla, Información Turística de Sevilla," Apartamentos en Sevilla, www.barriosantacruz.com/monumentos/catedral.htm.) 

Also commemorated this date:

bulletEntry of the Theotokos into the Temple, Russian and Serbian Orthodox churches
bulletMadonna di Lourdes, Naples, Italy. Grotto and Association of Lourdes Pilgrims inaugurated, 1875. Festa February 11.
bulletMaria Santissima del Buon Consiglio, Porto Empedocle, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy. Church dedicated, 1904.
bulletShën Mëria e Dimrit, Bibaj, Upper Reka, Macedonia (St. Mary in the Winter)
bulletVirgen de Montiel, Benaguasil, València, Spain. Statue found, 1620.
bulletNuestra Señora del Belén, Mérida, Venezuela (Our Lady of Bethlehem). New church inaugurated, 1958.
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly