The Patron Saint of Catalonia
On the mountain named Montserrat, near Barcelona, in the Catalonia region of
Spain, a church now contains a 'miracle- working' statue of the Madonna and
Child known as La Moreneta, that is: the dark little one.
The origin of the devotion to Our Lady at the shrine of Montserrat according to
the earliest written records dates from 932, when the Count of Barcelona
confirmed and renewed an endowment to the shrine made by his father in 888. This
gift was again confirmed in 982 by Lothaire, King of France.
Another account, seemingly well-attested, indicates that the image was moved to
Montserrat in 718, to avoid the danger posed by invading Saracens. The image
disappears from the historical record at this point, to reappear in a legend
holding that shepherds found the lost statue under supernatural guidance in 890:
While tending their flocks that night the shepherds were amazed to see lights
and to hear singing coming from the mountain. When this was repeated, the
shepherds reported the situation to their priest, who investigated. When the
priest also heard the singing and saw the mysterious lights, he informed the
Bishop, and he also witnessed the phenomenon. The statue of Our Lady was
discovered in a cave and was brought out and placed in a small church that was
The Monastery of
Montserrat, located near the top of the 4.000-foot mountain, is home to about 80
monks. The monks welcome visitors and invite them to participate in their daily
celebrations of Mass and recitations of the Liturgy of the Hours.
Madonnas are found all over Europe, especially in France, the most famous ones
being at Chartres in France, Czestochowa in Poland and Montserrat in Spain.
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