Our Lady of Altagracia

Posted on May 23, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Our Lady of Altagracia

Also known as
Our Lady of Grace; Our Lady of High Grace; Protector and Queen of the hearts of the Dominicans; Tatica from Higuey; Virgen de la Altagracia; Virgin of Altagracia
Memorial
21 January

The Dominicans see the image as exemplifying Our Lady watching over the island and the growth of Christianity there.

The feast day is marked by services, all-night vigils, singing, dancing, and festivals in many of the towns.

Legend says that the pious daughter of a rich merchant asked him to bring her a portrait of Our Lady of Altagracia from Santo Domingo, but no one had heard of that title. The merchant, staying overnight at a friend’s house in Higuey, described his problem as they sat outdoors after dinner. An old man with a long beard, who just happened to be passing by, pulled a rolled up painting from his bindle, gave it to the merchant, and said, “This is what you are looking for.” It was the Virgin of Altagracia. They gave the old man a place to stay for the night, but by dawn he was gone, not to be seen again. The merchant placed the image on their mantle, but it repeatedly disappeared only to be found outside. They finally returned it to the church.
Patronage
Dominican Republic

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