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Nuestra Señora de los Milagros de Caacupé / Our Lady of the Miracles of Paraguay - Paraguay

Commemorated on December 8
Nuestra Señora de los Milagros de Caacupé / Our Lady of the Miracles of Paraguay - Paraguay
The legend of how the image and the significance of Our Lady of the Miracles of Caacupé came about dates back to the early 16th century. It is said that a Gauraní Indian, recently converted by Franciscans of the Tobati mission, was in a situation of grave danger. He was being pursued by a group of members of the fierce Mbayáes tribe, a group that refused to accept Christianity and declared itself an enemy to all converts. The Indian knew that if he were caught he was sure to be killed. In the deep of the forest, he found a thick tree trunk as a safe refuge behind which he hid, trembling in fear. He then asked for protection from his Mother in Heaven, the figure that the Franciscan friars taught him to love. He promised the Virgin that if he survived, he would carve a pretty image of her out of the wood 
Bandaging feet of the protective tree. His persecutors did not find him and he escaped safely. Later he returned to the place and took the wood from the tree to carve the promised statue. From the trunk arose two images of the Virgin Mary; A larger one that went to the church of Tobati, and a smaller one that the Indian kept for personal devotion. In 1603 the Tapaicuá Lake overflowed and flooded the whole Pirayú valley, raising everything in its path, including the image of the Virgin. After the water eventually cleared, the image of Mary miraculously reappeared. It was at this time that the people invoked the name of “Virgin of the Miracles” upon the statue. A carpenter and follower of Mary constructed a hermitage to house the image and from that point on she began receiving pilgrims. Since that time, she has continued receiving pilgrims from all over Paraguay as her feast day of December 8 approaches. 




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