Q: Who is
Our Lady of the Miracle?
A: Our Lady of the
Miracle is the patroness of the Catholic
Daughters of America chapter in San
Francisco, California. The image shown here
is temporarily at the National Shrine of
Saint Francis of Assisi in San Francisco
through the kindness of the Sisters of
Perpetual Adoration. The answer below is
from the web site of the shrine to St.
Our Lady of the Miracle,
one of the first images of the Immaculate
Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be
brought to the Americas, came to Peru with
the Franciscan Friars who accompanied the
Conquest. At that time the image was known
by the title "La Misionera." Taken
to Lima by the Franciscans, it was placed
in the facade of the first Franciscan
Church there. Frequently it would be
carried on missionary journeys into the
various regions of Peru.
Thus, the image was carried
to Cuzco, center of Incan cult, where
"La Misionera" performed her first
visible miracle. The Spaniards, besieged in
a straw-roofed native hut, were in grave
peril of their lives when the Indians set
fire to the roof. Our Lady's image was seen
by all to leave her place within the hut
and to appear above the burning building.
The fire ceased immediately, and all were
saved. In honor of this miraculous event, a
church, called Del Triunfo, was
returning to Lima, the religious placed the
image in its former niche, where for many
years it remained neglected and seemingly
forgotten. Only a poor woman visited the
image and prayed before it. To reward her
devotion, the Blessed Virgin one day spoke
to her thus: "You alone, daughter, among
all the people here, visit me and pray to
me. One day I will repay you."
The saintly religious, Fray
Juan Gomez, to whom the woman had related
this locution, frequently used to say,
"Lima does not recognize the great good it
has in this miraculous image, but soon it
Thus time passed. In 1630,
on November 27, when most of the people of
Lima were attending a bullfight in the main
plaza, a violent earthquake struck the
city. All were terrified, for it seemed
certain that they would perish. But those
near the Franciscan Church saw the image of
Our Lady turn in the direction of the
Blessed Sacrament, with her hands held in
suppliant gesture. Abruptly, the earthquake
Several hours later, when
the Franciscan community had gathered
before the miraculous image to render due
thanksgiving, the prodigy was renewed. Our
Blessed Lady turned again to her former
position, smiling graciously upon the
magnificent temple of this blessed image
was constructed near the site of this
miracle, and the image itself was given the
new title of "Our Lady of the Miracle,"
under which advocation it has been
venerated ever since.
1835, fire completely destroyed the
beautiful Church, together with all its
treasures. Only the blessed image of "Our
Lady of the Miracle" remained intact and
unharmed by the conflagration.
Lima, on July 19, 1953, the solemn
Pontifical Coronation took place,
proclaiming the devotion to other peoples
Prayer to Our Lady of the
Most Holy Lady, today I
place myself under your motherly
beg you, please protect me from every evil,
spiritual or temporal.
Since you are the Mother of Jesus and
Spouse of the Holy Spirit,
beg you to pray for me and obtain for me
the particular favors I now request.
I offer you my heart, dear Mother. Grant
that I may be of sincere and humble service
your Son, Jesus, and then come at last to
the everlasting joy of heaven.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb,
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
now and at the hour of our death.
Oración a la Santísima
Virgen del Milagro [Spanish version of the