Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Virgin who overcomes all evils and ills

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

December 19 – Holy Mary of Remedies (Portugal)

The Virgin who overcomes all evils and ills

In the 16th century, the Bishop of Lamego, a small town in northern Portugal, ordered from Rome, the "Holy City," an image of the Virgin Who Remedies All Evils, and placed it in a chapel he had built to replace the old Chapel of Santo Estevao.

Afterward, the devotion to Our Lady of Remedies grew in importance. In the 18th century a majestic shrine was build, which is still vibrant and popular today.

Every year, from late August to mid-September, the city of Lamego has its annual festival coinciding with the "Pilgrimage of Portugal" in honor of its patron saint, the Virgin Mary. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the shrine during these days of celebration.

The "Procession of Triumph" is the most symbolic moment of the entire feast. The enormous float with the statue of Our Lady of Remedies is carried on a cart pulled by oxen, by special permission of the Holy See. In fact Lamego is the only place in the Catholic world where you can see a statue of the Virgin transported by animals.