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Our Lady of Aparecida is a celebrated 18th-century clay statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
in the traditional of the
The dark statue is currently housed in the
National Shrine of
Our Lady of Aparecida
The official account of the Apparition took place in October 1717, when
Dom Pedro de Almeida
Count of Assumar
and Governor of the Province of
passing through the area of Guarantinguetá, small city in the Paraiba river valley, during a trip
to Vila Rica, an important gold mining site.
The People of Guarantinguetá decided to hold a feast in his honour, the fishermen went down
to the Paraiba waters to fish for the feast. Three of the fishermen, Domingos Garcia,
João Alves, and Filipe Pedroso, prayed to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, and asked
God's help. They were unable to catch any fish, and after several hours in the river, they were
ready to give up when João cast his net once more near the Port of Itaguaçu. Instead of fish,
he hauled in the body of a statue with a missing head. They cast their net again,
and brought up the statue's head. After cleaning the statue, they found that it was
a black version of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
The fishermen named the statue Nossa Senhora da Aparecida Conceição
(English: Our Lady of the Appeared Conception), wrapped it in cloth and continued to fish;
now their catch was so great that they returned to port because the weight of
the fish threatened to sink their craft.
Roman Catholic Church
"Our Parish Mission is now! Come Holy Spirit and Renew the people of Regina Mundi."