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The Image of Virgin of Our Lady of the Pillar and her Cloaks

 

The image of Virgin Mary on a column is a golden wood carving from the 14th century. It is 14 inches tall and it represents Mary as queen and mother.

It was restored in 1990 by the Spanish Historic Patrimony Institute. The image is set on top of a column covered in silver of veined marble (67 inches tall a diameter of 9.5 inches). The “pillarists” (faithful to this image) claim that the pillar has never changed its location since the date that the tradition sets the arrival of Virgin Mary.

The Cloaks that the image wears each day are something that characterized the Virgin of the Pillar. The cloaks collect the emotions and feelings of the people, their hopes and worries, as well as their gratitude. The objective of those cloaks is to improve the look of the image. The colors used have a meaning: white, for Christmas, Easter and other important days; green, regular days; purple, advent and Lent; blue for Virgin related days; red, for holydays dedicated to the saint Martyrs. There are three days on each month that the Virgin does not wear cloak: the 2nd (commemorating the day that Mary arrived to Zaragoza, January 2, 40 a.C.), 12th (in memory of her holyday, October 12) and the 20th (in memory of the Canonical Coronation of the Virgin, May 20 1905)


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