Light A Yellow Candle for Cachita…
30 Aug 2009 No Comments
Our Lady Of Charity Lovingly known as Cachita to the people of
Halfway across the Bay of
The boys gathered the statue noticing that despite the strong storm that had just passed and the high waves of the ocean it was not wet. The young men brought the statue back to their village and a chapel was built. Soon the chapel became a pilgrimage site and the town where her sanctuary was built was named El Cobre. In 1916 Pope Benedict XV declared Our Lady of Charity patroness of
Her feast day is celebrated September 8th the same day that the Afrocuban religion of Santeria celebrates the feast day of the Oricha Ochun. African slaves identified Cachita with Ochun the Oricha or Goddess of love, femininity and sensuality. To this day practitioners of the Yoruba Religion synchretize Ochun with the beloved Catholic image of Our Lady of Charity.
Regardless of whether you pray to Cachita or Ochun dont forget to light a yellow candle this September 8th. Ask them to look upon us mortals with eyes of charity and invite them to spread their love and kindness into our hearts. Nothing you request is too small or too big for them.