Virgin of the Solitude

Virgen de la Soledad

I dedicate the present retablos to the Virgin of the Solitude for saving our lives, when we were struck by a lightning, and the deck got on fire, and we were under the threat of shipwreck. We implored to save our lives, and, since we were saved, we now dedicate this retablo.

Capitan Medina
August 22, 1928, Veracruz

When I was leaving “La Pasita” canteen, in Los Sapos neighborhood in Puebla, my mother-in-law chased me with a stick. I thanks, with this retablo, the Virgin of the Solitude because the old lady didn’t catch me.

Catarino Perez, 1949

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I thank the Virgin of the Solitude for I came well out of these two surgeries and now I’m back again to do this work. They call me Kardashian from Merced. I ask you to protect me.

Merced, Mexico, March 2015

In Puebla, in 1945, in the pulqueria bar “Beautiful Elena”, my son fell in love with a lady. They moved together, but she befuddled him and made him a fool by going to another man. That’s why I implored the Virgin of the Solitude, and then my son was cured which I’m infinitely thankful for.

R. S.

I thank the Holy Virgin of the Solitude for the miracle of keeping Eusebio Garcia away from liquor. He wallowed completely in alcohol and made me suffer from beating and bad treatment, and he even took money for laundry, and I had to come for him to the pulqueria-bar.

Ramona Suarez

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The piglets were taken by a devil, but thanks, Virgin, they escaped.

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Demetrio Vargas went to swim. I fainted, but a mermaid piggy saved my life from drowning.

Veracruz, December 4, 1955

To Margarita, Goddess of love, two jackals got into her room, and she almost died out of fear.

Mexico, December 17, 1970

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We thank Our Lady of the Solitude for bringing us to a safe harbor when we got caught by the hurricane Gilberto.

Crew of “Sirena II”

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Spheres fell down from the sky, and I got cured from my illness.

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On the day of the blessing of the animals, I sent my children to the town so the priest would bless our small animals. When they were returning home, a huge eagle thought that our animals looked very delicious. It flew down to catch any of them, but as they already had the blessing they were protected by it, and the Virgin scared the eagle who flew away with an empty stomach.

I’m going to thank Our Lady of the Solitude for sending me a cure from a horrible disease that I carelessly caught from a client. Finding myself in such a bad condition, I implored the Virgin, and now I’m back to work honestly as a whore at this corner that feeds me.

Julia Barrera — Merced, Mexico City, 2001

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I thank my dear Virgin. The fish that had eaten me choked, and I saved myself.

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