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Nuestra Señora de La O

Redescubramos Lima:  Admirabilis: La devocion mariana en el Peru. Austin: La Catedral, 1999.




Nuestra Senora de La O comes from Mozarabic Liturgy. Mozarabic refers to a closely related dialects which were spoken in Muslim dominated areas of the Iberian Peninsulas, around the 8th to the 14th centuries. 

The “O” Antiphons are Magnificat antiphons that are used during Vespers in the Advent season. They occur during the last seven days of that particular season. Each Antiphon is a Name of Christ.

The spread of this cult in Peru is due to the Jesuits who, from an early date, entrusted a representation to Brother Bitti, a canvas that they still conserve and that should have been part of the old altarpiece.

The congregation based it one of the interior chapels of the College of San Pablo, built in 1620. It was towards the end of the eighteenth century that it was built in a new altarpiece and incorporated the image of sculpture that is still venerated in its altar of the church of San Pedro, attributed to Matias Maestro. There is an older and larger image venerated in the beautiful chapel of the "O" in the church.

The title is also known as Our Lady of the O, Our Lady of Expectation, Our Lady of Hope, Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza, and Virgen de la Esperanza. 

*Others say O refers to the cries of mothers during childbirth, or of the children themselves.  Others refer to women who are “filled” with children, or Mary’s role as the Omega in the relationship with the Alpha. 

Redescubramos Lima:  Admirabilis: La devocion mariana en el Peru. Austin: La Catedral, 1999.

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