Our Lady of the Remedies

Hansen, Mary. 2011. Madonnas of Mexico: Miraculous Images of Our Lady  (North Bay, Ontario, Canada: Heavens Above! Publications, 2011), 25.




Originating in the city of Tolosa, Spain in the fourteenth century, the image of Our Lady of the Remedies is said to be one of the oldest devotions of Mary on the American continent as it traveled overseas with Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. She was brought into battle as Spanish soldiers set out to conquer Mexico, marching from Veracruz to the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, which is the current day capital, Mexico City.


On the night of July 8, 1520, Our Lady was hidden under the brush of a cactus as the Spaniards fled from the Aztecs on the Noche Triste, or “Night of Sorrows.” There she remained for twenty years until she was found by Juan Cuautli, an Indian chief who collected the image and housed it in his private chapel for many years until moving it to the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios church in Naucalpan, near Mexico City.  It remains there all these centuries later, dressed in embroidered and bejeweled robes, carrying the Baby Jesus in her arms.


Along the walls of the church are statements and pictures from grateful followers describing their personal experiences of help from Our Lady of the Remedies. She became known for her power of intercession in times of urgent need and great disaster when she protected people from floods, droughts, epidemics, wars, and political crisis.  Her feast day is November 6.



Researched by Mary T. Landry

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