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Nuestra Señora de Lujan

San Francis Imports. Nuestra Señora De Luján
University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio




Around the year 1630, a Portuguese landowner requested that his friend bring home an image of the Virgin in order to reintroduce the Catholic faith within Argentina. The landowner’s friend sent him two Virgin Mary images, giving him the option of choosing which one he liked better. The images were placed in wooden boxes and on oxen, where they remained traveling for 3 days. However, the next morning, the oxen carrying the images suddenly refused to move right outside the city of Lujan. The oxen would not budge until the image of the Immaculate Mary was removed. Many people believed this meant the Virgin wished to stay. She was taken into a nearby home, was venerated, and given an altar. As word spread of the news, many people began to visit this altar and image and this became a pilgrimage location for 40 years. Pope Pius XII declared the Basilica of Lujan as the image’s official sanctuary in 1930. Inside, the image of the Virgin stands at two feet tall, with a gold crown complete with 365 diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires. She is noted to be the patron of enlightenment, faith, and hope. May 8th and December 8th are celebrated as her Feast Days. During both of these days, the image of the Virgin of Lujan is taken out on a nautical pilgrimage around the Lujan River.

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Researched by Abigail M. Sturgill

Popular Devotions

Our Lady of Luján,
As a sign of your maternal
Protection of the people of
Argentina, an image of the
Immaculate Conception
Was miraculously sent
To your people.
Help us break the barriers of sin so that,
Like you,
We may fold our hands and unfold our hearts
To receive your son.

¡Oh Santísima Virgen María!
¡Coronada Reina de Lujan! Dios me
Ha criado para la gloria eterna.
¡Ah! ¿ Quién me diera alas de
Paloma para volar a esa morada de
Felicidad? ¿Quién me abrieron las
Puertas del Cielo, y me ayudara a
Subir a pié hasta el Trono del
Altisimo? Conceded, oh Santísma
Virgen de Luján, vuestra protección
A este siervo vuestro que gime en
Medio de este valle de lágrimas y
Sólo recibe consuelo celebrando
Vuestras glorias: ayudadle, a fin de
Que despuès de haberos honrado en
La tierra, merezca alabaros en el
Cielo, por los siglos de los siglos.
Así sea.

Nuestra Senora de Lujan is celebrated on May 8th and December
8th of each year. On May 8th and December 8th, the image of the Virgin is taken on nautical
pilgrimages in the Lujan River. During the first week of October, young men and women walk
from Buenos Aires to the Basilica in the Pilgrimage of the Young.

Hail Mary

Dios te salve, María. Llena eres de gracia: El Señor es contigo. 
Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres. 
Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre: Jesús. 
Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, 
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.


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