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Virgin Divina Pastora

Virginum, Virgo.  Venezuela Mariana. 1930.

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Venezuela

Description

The Virgin Divina Pastora is the patron saint of the city of Barquisimeto. The image of Divina Pastora dates back to the early 1700s and the devotion of Divina Pastora made its way to Venezuela from Seville, Spain in 1736. Divina Pastora is also known as The Divine Shepherdess because a statue of her was mistakenly sent to a church in Santa, Rosa, Venezuela when the priest of the church had actually requested a statue of The Divine Shepherd. They tried to return the statue but could not lift the statue from the ground, no matter how much effort they gave. This showed them that the statue was to remain in Santa Rosa. The statue is the most popular image of The Virgin Divina Pastora and it sits in a temple in Santa Rosa. 

On March 26th of 1812, a large earthquake hit the area of Barquisimeto, including Santa Maria where the cathedral with the shrine of Divina Pastora was located. The temple was destroyed, but the sculpture of The Virgin remained in tact, which instilled the belief that she was there to stay to protect them. The belief that The Virgin Divina Pastora was going to protect the citizens in and around Barquisimeto was even more enforced in 1854 when a major plague occured, citizens looked to Divina Pastora for help and the epidemic suddenly stopped. Many people credit The Virgin for their survival of the plague and for this reason, she is celebrated in a procession on January 14th each year.

https://udayton.edu/imri/mary/s/shrines-in-venezuela.php 

https://udayton.edu/imri/mary/es/
las-advocaciones-marianas.php 

Virginum, Virgo.  Venezuela Mariana. 1930.

Researched by Mariah Allen

Popular Devotions

The original shrine and statue of The Virgin Divina Pastora is located at Casa Parroquial in Santa Rosa, Venezuela.

Prayer to La Virgen Divina Pastora 

Oh Mary, our Mother, La Virgen Divina Pastora, thank you for the graces that enable us to know Jesus, your Son, more deeply. May your shining example guide us on our pilgrimage towards finding peace in our lives. We beseech your Son, Jesus Christ, to grant our fervent prayers and petitions through your maternal intercession. Thank you dearest Mother for constantly protecting our community, family and country. We implore you our Mother to continue leading as to Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, now and forever. Amen.
Virgen Divina Pastora, pray for us!

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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