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Nuestra Señora del Espino (Santa Gadea del Cid, Burgos, Castile and Léon, Spain)

Commemorated on March 26
Nuestra Señora del Espino (Santa Gadea del Cid, Burgos, Castile and Léon, Spain) In Santa Gadea del Cid in the province of Burgos, Spain, where on March 25, 1399, two shepherd boys, Pedro, son of Ynigo Garcia de Arbe, and Juan, son of Jaun de Enzinas found an oak tree with a beehive. They returned the next evening, Wednesday of Holy Week, to gather wax and honey and saw a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At that moment they saw something overweldigends, even according to Marian standards. According to testimony on parchment and signed by a notary in Santa Gadea, the boys saw a group of ghostly people around a huge thornbush. On top of the hawn thorwas, like the burning bush [Exodus 3:2], a lady brighter than the sun, so brilliant that they could not look at her without being blinded.

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March 25, 1399
 
Two shepherd boys, Pedro, son of Ynigo Garcia de Arbe, and Juan, son of Jaun de Enzinas, found an oak tree with a beehive.
 
March 26, 1399
 
They returned the next evening, Wednesday of Holy Week, to gather wax and honey.
 
According to testimony documented on parchment and signed by a notary in Santa Gadea, the boys saw an entire group of ghostly people gathered around a huge hawthorn. At the top of the hawthorn, like the burning bush in Exodus (3:2), was a lady brighter than the sun -- so bright they couldn't look at her without being blinded.
 
And then they heard a voice from the people there calling out, 'Come to matins,' and at this call there appeared from the direction of Santa Maria de Guinicio a great number of people as if in a procession in white garments," said a notarized statement.
 
"And most of them wore red garments with white stripes on top, and many other colors. They carried in their hands branches like palms and two torches that lit up the entire procession as if it were daytime. This procession came to join the people around the Lady; and the brightness went up as far as the sky; and around her were three torches like big candles, so powerful they lit up all of the landscape; and it seemed that they went up as far as the sky.
 
"And they heard singing, like priests chanting the hours, and frightened by the voice they stopped gathering their honey and fled toward town. When they reached the flat place that is halfway, they looked back and saw all the lights join in one; and the singing went up to the heavens, so much that they did not dare go back."
 
March 27, 1399
 
The following Thursday Pedro was keeping his father's sheep near the same spot and suddenly a resplendent lady appeared to him. Again he could not look at her directly. She told Pedro to tell the local priests of his vision so that all should know that "she who he had seen on the hawthorn tree was the Virgin Mary glorified in person; and the people he had seen around her were the angels of heaven, that very pure company. And that they should know that her coming was willed by her precious Son, the Redeemer of the human race."
 
It was explained by the woman that the other apparitions were angels and martyrs as described in Revelation (6:11). The woman explained that at the time Spain was destroyed by the infidels, there had been a town there call Montahana la Yerma and a church at this spot in her name.
 
She told the boy that the people fled to the church during an onslaught and were beheaded when they refused to convert to Islam. The entire area was awash in their blood. She said Christ wanted the place kept holy by construction of a Benedictine church and monastery "to revive the memory of this secret."
 
Those who came as pilgrims or sent alms would have remission of sins and would be helped and protected whenever they have themselves with great devotion to her.
 
Whoever carried a picture of the apparition would be freed from the power of the devil.
 
It would "ward off pestilence and all disease."
 
She said the three torches represented the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
 
"Just as God the Father came to Moses in the briarbush, which was not consumed by fire for the good of his people, so I was sent in the hawthorn for the good of souls and bodies of the faithful of the human race," Mary reputedly said. "The voice you heard calling to matins was that of the Archangel Michael."
 
 

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