Like every May 8, today is the Day of the Virgin of Luján, the patron saint of Argentines. His story begins in the year 1630, when a Portuguese landowner who lived in Santiago del Estero asked a compatriot to send him from Brazil an image of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
Friend sent two images so i could choose but upon arrival at the port of Buenos Airesfrom where they would leave for the final destination, one of the carts that carried them inexplicably stopped in Zelayadistrict of Pilar, province of Buenos Aires.
When trying to move the vehicle, the residents of the area wanted to know the contents of the drawers and they found the image of the Virgin thatIt was deposited on the banks of the Luján River.
The drivers assumed that the cart was not moving because of the load. They took out the weight, but the cart did not move. So they extracted the drawer of the Virgin, and there they were able to advance. The action was repeated over and over again. When loading the virgin, the cart stopped. So, they came to the conclusion that the Virgin wanted to stay on that shore.
It was then that people took the image of the Virgin to the nearest roomwhere it was installed in a hermitage until a chapel was built.
The events took place in the area of Pillarwhere there is still a ford of the Luján River known as Passage of the Virginlocated five leagues from the current Basilica.
In that provisional site, during the first years, the Virgin received very valuable gifts and offerings for the country people, such as cattle or sheep. This is the reason why she was called “The Gaucho Virgin”.
a neighbor he vowed to maintain his cult no matter what it might cost him and offered his lands, located five leagues further, on the Luján River. Despite the initial resistance of the faithful, the proposal was accepted and that is where the Basilica was built.
The original image of the Virgin is 38 centimeters highis made of baked clay, representative of the Immaculate Conception.
The history of the costume of the Virgin of Luján
as told THE NATION in 2020, Victory Wheel Y Gustavo Castro with a couple who is in charge of making every year the cloak that the image wears of the Basilica of the Virgin of Luján.
For three years, they have not only been making the costume for the original statue -which is later donated-, but also sewing and embroidering the dresses and cloaks worn by replicas of all sizes which are sold in the shrine shop. The golden embroidery of threads, stones and beads is done by hand. They are not gold or expensive materials.
The dress and mantle of the Virgin of Luján changes every year. This makes sense: keep clothes clean and neat as an act of love to Mary, mother of Jesus and of all Catholics. This change of costume is carried out in a special ceremony, officiated by a priest, in which He removes the previous suit from the image and places the new one on it.