Our Lady of the Cloud
The depiction of the Virgin Mary. When in 1696 the bishop of Quito Sancho de Andrade y Figueroa was ill on December 30 the people of Guápulo or Quito made a prayer procession to Quito with the image of Our Lady from the church of Guápulo. On their way the Blessed Mother appeared in the sky on a cloud seen by about 500 people. After the event Franciscan friars founded a sanctuary in Azogues. Now the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Nube takes place annually in Azogues. The veneration was also adopted by nuns in Lima which started its spreading in Peru.
Our Lady of the Cloud is venerated in Ecuador, in Peru and by immigrants in the United States.
- Nicholas J. Santoro (12 August 2011). Mary In Our Life: Atlas of the Names and Titles of Mary, The Mother of Jesus, and Their Place in Marian Devotion. iUniverse. p. 326. ISBN 978-1-4620-4022-3.
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