February 13

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Rute, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain

By order of Pope Pius XI, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel was proclaimed patron of the town of Rute in southern Spain on February 13, 1924. Her beloved image goes back to the late 1600s, when Luisa Roldán (La Roldana) of Seville carved the head and hands. Made to be dressed, the statue did not have a proper body until the 1960s. It occupies a neo-baroque setting over the main altar, also of the 1960s. Rute honors its patron several times a year. The anniversary celebration lasts three days, culminating on February 13 with mass, presentations to the Chief of the Brotherhood and the Fiesta Queen of gifts made for the Virgin, and a ceremony of kissing the scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Her liturgical feast day July 16 is the focus of another three-day celebration. On the last Sunday of June, the traslado is held, when the statue goes in procession through the neighborhood to the main parish church of Santa Catalina Mártir. Another triduum is celebrated around the feast of the Assumption, August 14-16. (Information from "Virgen del Carmen. Patrona de Rute," RAFAES, www.rafaes.com. Picture from virgendelcarmenpatronaderute.blogspot.com, entry of May 15, 2009).  

Also commemorated this date:

Madonna della Libertà, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy, patron of Bakers Association. Painting in Basilica of St. Anthony crowned, 1966.
Madonna del Poggio, S.Giovanni in Persiceto, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy. Sanctuary dedicated, 2005.
Madonna dell’Apollinare, Rome, Italy. Hidden fresco found intact, 1647.
Beata Vergine Assunta, Guasila, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Church consecrated, 1903. Festa August 15.
Madonna della Sfida, Barletta, Bari, Apulia, Italy. Victory over the French, 1503. Festa August 15.
St. Mary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Original church consecrated, 1887. Now (moved & rebuilt) Anglican cathedral.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly