|The following materials are from SOUTHEAST DOCUMENTATIONS and have been translated from the Spanish, Las Advocaciones Marianas en la Religiosidad Popular Latinoamericana. For the Spanish text see: Las Advocaciones Marianas en la Religiosidad Popular Latinoamericana|
Devotion to Mary in Latin America
Popular piety has woven a chain of tenderness and devotion that connects all Latin America in a constant pilgrimage to the Marian shrines. These great centers of worship have an enormous power of convocation and contain a treasure of faith in the images of Mary which the people venerate with a deep love tied closely to their national identity. The histories and legends that have arisen around these images are born of the sorrows and the hopes of our Latin-American people. This is the reason why the feast and worship that the Church dedicates to them have become the axis of popular evangelization. These devotions provide the faithful with a profound religious experience whose true value has yet to be recognized.
This issue of "Southeast Documentations" tries to be a quick pilgrimage guide with brief pieces of information regarding the principal titles of Mary in Latin America; a sort of small basic manual to become acquainted with the numerous sacred images with which our people express their profound Marian roots. Portraits wonderously painted, discovered or renovated; clay, wood or stone figures; rescued from river bottoms or carved to acknowledge a favor obtained or in remembrance of deliverance from danger; white, dark-skinned, mestizo, mulatto, Indian. These deeply-loved Marian representations are a strong element in belonging to the Catholic faith and in the identity of the emigrants who, far from their native land, find their roots again in the devotion and worship of the patroness of their country and of the image which represents her.
The origins of all these devotions have something in common: their popular character. The discoveries and apparitions always happen among the simple and humble: Indians, mestizos, the poor; people whose hearts are open to God.
|Argentina: Our Lady of Luján||Guatemala: Our Lady of the Rosary|
|Bolivia: Our Lady of Copacabana||Honduras: Our Lady of Suyapa|
|Brazil: Our Lady "Aparecida" (who appeared)||Mexico: Our Lady of Guadalupe|
|Chile: Our Lady of Carmel of the Maipú||Nicaragua: Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of El Viejo|
|Colombia: Our Lady of Chiquinquirá||Panama: The Immaculate Conception|
|Costa Rica: Our Lady of the Angels||Paraguay: Our Lady of the Miracles of Caacupé|
|Cuba: Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre||Peru: Our Lady of Mercy|
|Dominican Republic: Our Lady of "La Altagracia"||Puerto Rico: Our Lady of Divine Providence|
|Ecuador: Our Lady of Quinche||Uruguay: Our Lady of the Thirty Three|
|El Salvador: Our Lady of Peace||Venezuela: Our Lady of Coromoto|
|The Mary Page has been given permission to transmit the Marian Titles on the web from issue 5, February 2, 1996. SOUTHEAST DOCUMENTATIONS / DOCUMENTACIONES SURESTE is an instrument for personal and community reflection, to help awaken and deepen values and commitments by individual reading, comments, and group discussions.|
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