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La Dolorosa de Cajamarca

Vásquez Pereyra, Elsa. La dolorosa de Cajamarca. Lima: Impr. y
Litografía Samamé, 1989.




            While this particular image of Mary was crowned on June 14th, 1942 by Archbishop Ferdinand Santo at the first Diocesan Eucharistic Congress of Cajamarca, it was blessed over 400 years ago by St. Toribio de Mogrovejo during his second pastoral visit to Cajamarca. Standing 160 centimeters tall, “Our Lady of Sorrows” is often celebrated with masses and processions on the Friday before Good Friday, despite her feast day being September 15th. Traditionally, people pray for seven nights, with each night dedicated to each of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, a practice that is unique to Cajamarca. Like most images of La Virgen de la Dolorosa, the one in Cajamarca displays seven swords piercing the Virgin’s heart.

These Seven Sorrows are the events in Mary’s life that caused her pain: The prophecy of Simeon, the flight to Egypt, losing the Christ child in the Temple, the meeting between Mary and Jesus on the Way of the Cross, the Crucifixion, the taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross, and the burial of Jesus Christ. Throughout her history, La Virgen has been the recipient of devotion particularly in times of strife, reflecting the sorrow experienced by the Virgin Mary. The chapel of La Virgen de la Dolorosa began construction in 1722 and today features artwork centered on Holy Week, including scenes of The Last Supper and the Washing of the Feet.

Vásquez Pereyra, Elsa. La dolorosa de Cajamarca. Lima: Impr. y Litografía Samamé, 1989.

Researched by Jillian E. Foster

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Vásquez Pereyra, Elsa. La dolorosa de Cajamarca. Lima: Impr. y Litografía Samamé, 1989.

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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