Monday, July 14, 2008

Patron Saint of Pilgrims

Santo Niño de Atocha, the patron saint of pilgrims, has a shrine dedicated to him in Plateros, a small town where the Guadalupe pilgrims stopped during their journey today.

The child-like figure is a saint that would appear to pilgrims passing through the old Spanish town of Atocha in Spain. He was a child, wearing a hat, carrying a staff and a jug of water. When he appeared he would give water and strength to pilgrims passing through.

We stopped to see the shrine where Mexicans come to pray to Santo Niño. The small statue of the child sits above the altar. In the hallways and in the courtyard outside the shrine there are countless objects left by visitors. Notes, crutches, pictures, cards, bandages - all items left for miracles attributed to Santo Niño de Atocha.

The Mexican Statue in Plateros.

The walls are covered with objects left as testament to Santo Niño's milagros.

The walls are covered with countless pictures, dresses, flowers, rosaries and much more.

The statue

An X-Ray left by someone from Albuquerque.

The shrine to Santo Niño de Atocha in Plateros, Mexico

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