• It is a painting of the Virgin Mary at the scene of Jesus' birth, and is the protector of Santo Domingo. The Virgin, occupies the middle of the picture; she is looking with tenderness at the child who lies nearly naked on the straw of the manger. A blue cloak sprinkled with stars envelops her and a white scapular closes her garments in front. Maria of Altagracia wears the colors of the Dominican flag; anticipating in this manner the national identity. A radiant crown and twelve stars frame her head which now has a crown on it. The frame which holds the painting is probably the most refined example of Dominican gold work. This marvel made of gold, precious stones and enamel, is the work of an unknown 18th century artist. Possibly he used the jewels that the Virgin's devotees gratefully offered her. The image of Our Lady of Altagracia had the privilege of being crowned twice: on August 15, 1922 - during the pontificate of Pius XI - and by Pope John Paul II, who on January 25, 1979, during his visit to Santo Domingo, personally crowned the image with a golden silver tiara, his personal gift to the Virgin, the first evangelizer of the Americas.
  • I believe the Lady of Altagracia is referring to the "Virgin Mary" in the bible. She was chosen by God to bear his Son Immanuel-the Saviour of the world. She was told by the angel Gabriel about this abundant blessing.
  • Our Lady of Altagracia, is Our Lady of Grace. The Virgin Mary. The Patron Saint of the Dominican Republic . Her Painting is one of the most important symbols in the country and has been crowned and deified. The painting and Our Lady of Altagracia watches over all Dominicans. This was told to us by a tour guide in Santa Domingo the capital of The Dominican Republic
  • In addition to the above good information, please note the following. The Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia is celebrated on the 21st of January. C. Robinson Cooper Society of Mary (Life member) Diocese of St. Augustine

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