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La Virgen Candelaria en Arequipa

Virgen de la Candalaria, Marian holy cards collection, 
ML.031 Box 27, circa 1675-2018. Marian Library,
University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio.

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            The origin of La Virgen de la Candelaria comes from the Canary Islands, where she is hailed as patron saint. While the devotion to her is deeply rooted in Spain, many other countries such as Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and Chile honor her as well. The marking features of these different Virgins is the moon upon which she stands, the infant Jesus cradled in one arm, and a candlestick held in the other. The candle refers to light, a symbol of Christ, which leads to the right path to redemption and God. The feast is often celebrated on the feast of The Presentation on February 2nd, when Christ was first presented in the Temple of Jerusalem.

The parish of La Virgen de la Candelaria in Arequipa is very old and even predates the establishment of Peru as an independent nation.  The image itself was donated to the Jesuits by Juan Ramírez Casaos in 1598. Unfortunately, due to a volcanic eruption in 1600, the church had to be rebuilt. On February 1st, 1986, she was crowned by Pope Saint John Paul II, and a few weeks later on February 22nd the shrine was declared a national shrine. Also called Little Mother of the Chapi, all the churches in Arequipa have the image of La Virgen with the oldest image named La Chiquita. There are many devotions ranging from precessions to several Novenas that date back to the 1700s.

Málaga Núñez Zeballos, Alejandro. Historia de la Virgen Candelaria en el Obispado de Arequipa. S. XVI-XX. Arequipa: Universidad Católica de Santa María, 2000.

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Researched by Jillian Foster


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Virgen de la Candalaria, Marian holy cards collection,

ML.031 Box 27, circa 1675-2018. Marian Library,

University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio.

Málaga Núñez Zeballos, Alejandro. Historia de la Virgen Candelaria en el Obispado de Arequipa. S. XVI-XX. Arequipa: Universidad Católica de Santa María, 2000.

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. 

Amen.

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