OL of Charity of El Cobre(Sep.8)

Sep 7, 2012 by

September 8

Saint Mary,

Our Lady of Charity

of El Cobre

Patron Saint of Cuba,

Archdiocese of Miami, FL;

Diocese of Thunder Bay, ONT.

Feast Date:

September 8

Patronage:

Cuba

Archdiocese of Miami, Florida

Diocese of Thunder Bay, Ontario

Extract from Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre: “A statue of Our Lady with a miraculous origin. It stands about 16 inches high. The head is made of baked clay covered with a polished coat of fine white powder, possibly rice paste, and until recently was covered with several layers of paint. She stands on a moon that has silver clouds at either end and three golden-winged cherubs beneath it. She cradles the Christ Child in her left arm, and holds a gold crucifix in her right. The Child raises one hand in blessing, and in the other hand he holds a golden globe. Around 1608 two brothers found a small white bundle floated across the water toward them. It turned out to be the statue of Our Lady. It was attached to a board, was completely dry, and bore the inscription I am the Virgin of Charity. A shrine was built immediately, and instantly became a pilgrimage destination. At the request of the veterans of the War of Independence, Our Lady of Charity was declared the patroness of Cuba by Pope Benedict XV in 1916. Then image was solemnly crowned in the Eucharistic Congress at Santiago de Cuba in 1936. Pope Paul VI raised her sanctuary to a basilica in 1977. Pope John Paul II solemnly crowned her again in 1998.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Charity of el Cobre.

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The Missionaries of Mercy and our collaborators have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Cape, on behalf of those affected by the following disasters:

Sinking of Cuban Refugee Raft near Cancun Mexico (October 12, 2012) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intenti0ns: October 22 – November 4, 2012.

Hurricane Paloma in Cuba (November, 2008) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 10 – November 23, 2008.

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