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La Purisima de la Compania

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The image of La Purísima is hung in the chapel of the hacienda of La Compañía de Graneros, north of Rancagua. The devotion in Chile goes back to the time of the Jesuits when missionaries had owned the Company’s hacienda. After the expulsion of the order in 1767 the hacienda was passed by a public auction under the power of Don Mateo de Toro y Zambrano. Later the land was divided amongst multiple descendants who maintained the devotion for the Virgin and her procession. In 1968 the descendants gave the Chapel to the multiple fathers who had been running the cult for many years. Although almost in ruins, the Chapel still contained its relics of inestimable artistic value; among them, a superb altar of carved and gilded wood of the purest Baroque style, dedicated to San Ignacio (udayton lib, IMRI). A picture of the Virgin was on the side of the chapel but later the statue was moved inside and put behind bars. It is said that this statue would disappear and end up on the banks of the Codegua River during colonial times, and it is believed that is where the statue belongs and wants to reside. 

On December 8th the celebration for Nuestra Senora La Purisima La Compania takes place. Around 40,000 people typically show up and walk barefoot by the statue to place certain things such as flowers, spices, plants, etc.  Sometimes there is a migration from Rancagua in May that takes place in the city where the shrine is located, although this is a smaller festival or gathering than in December. 

Guillermo, Prado Ocaranza Juan. María en Chile: Fiestas Populares. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Biblioteca Americana, 2002.

Researched by Logan J. Rush

Popular Devotions

Theological debate concerning the absence of original sin in the person of Mary began as early as the second century with the writings of Saints Justin and Ireneus. St. Ephraem of Syria wrote in the Nisibene Hymns: "Certainly You alone and your mother are from every aspect completely beautiful for there is no blemish in Thee, my Lord, and no stain in Thy mother." (Hymn. B. Maria 13:5-6) . This purity from sin is central in devotions to La Purisima de la Compania.

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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