Oct 12 - “Our Lady of the Milk” © artwork by Brenda Nippert.
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In 1565, the Spaniards landed in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida. They built an altar before they built any houses, believing the land would be blessed if the altar was older than the hearth. There they offered the first Mass in this land. These people to whom faith was more important than anything, also brought their devotion to Our Lady of La Leche (Our Lady of the Milk). The statue they brought from Spain depicts Mary nourishing the baby Jesus while gazing on Him with pure maternal affection. The Spaniards built a small shrine to house our lady and to this day, throngs of pilgrims visit her there to ask for her prayers and blessings for their families.
Her feast day is October 11.