12th January : Our Lady Of Conquest

Our Lady Of Conquest

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In the North Chapel of the beautiful cathedral of Santa Fe stands a little statue (scarcely three feet tall) of Our Lady.  Her regal countenance wears a serene detached expression that is strangely impressive.  This is Our Lady of Conquest, the statue Don Diego de Vargas carried with him in the bloodless conquest of New Mexico.  He is said to have vowed to build a chapel for her and hold a yearly procession if she would grant him a speedy and bloodless victory over the Indian, which she did.

The shrine symbolizes a spirit of deep-rooted Faith and devotion which characterized the “Conquistadores” of this land.

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