Nuestra Señora de Guía

Del Pilar Silveira, Maria .  Mariologia Popular Latino Americana. Caracas, 2013.




In the 18th century, people living on the coast of San Mauricio, Venezuela, came across a small box floating in the water moving with the sea. Curious, they retrieved the box and saw one word written on the top of it: “Guia.” They continued to open the box and with great surprise found a statue made of wood that appeared to be The Virgin Mary. However, there was no indication of the origin or intended destination of the statue or what to call this Mary. The name “Guia” or “Guide” can be seen as a reference to this story, because she was guiding the seas and guides the people of San Mauricios through the seas of life and the way to the port of eternal salvation.



Researched by Mariah N. Allen

Popular Devotions

People of Venezuela, particularly San Mauricio, worship the original small wooden statue of The Virgin. There are also Novenas (prayers) dedicated to her.

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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