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A terrible devil rode around. He brought devastation and destruction. He put the forests on fire, killed poor creatures, until one day the Virgin of Guadalupe gave me enough courage to face the devil. I stayed on his way and poured the whole bottle with holy water on him. The devil became a smoke and evaporated. We thank the Holy Virgin for delivering us from the devil.

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Sr. Jacinto gives infinite thanks to the Lord of Chalma because his dog Nico could stop his son Francisco’s horse that went crazy and ran dragging his son. I prayed you, and you saved him from dying. I bring you this retablo thanking for this favor.

Ixtlahuca, Mexico
August 14, 1985

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Miguel Tapia was passing the paramos and rode into a blue-tongued demon who began to chase him. Miguel thanks the Virgin of the Rosary because his horse ran faster that the wind and the Virgin protected him from the devil’s spell.

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At approaching San Andres Chalchicomula, Artemio Dominguez met an extraterrestrial who tried to abduct him. But since Artemio was faithfully devoted to Saint Pancras, he implored the saint and could escape, along with his horse and dog, from this horror. He brings this retablo thanking for that.


The jockey Alberto Chavez fell off his horse during a race, and another horse ran over him. He was in bad condition. He implored the Holy Child of Atocha and got completely recovered. He thanks for that.

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Alberto Mendoza thanks the Virgin of San Juan for saving him from dying when his horse got mad. In this mortal danger I entrusted myself to you to be saved from dying.

Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
October 11, 1985

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The night of August 15, 1930, I was coming back to Zacatecas. While crossing a river, I was dragged by the current from a saddle and carried away. I was afraid to die drowning and prayed the Holy Child of Atocha. My horse saved me and dragged me to the shore. With this retablo, I testimony this miracle and ask to bless my horse for her loyalty.

Gumaro from Fresnillo, Zacatecas

Virgin of San Juan, I dedicate this retablo to your honor because my spine is alright. I injured it when the horse fell on me. I thank for staying well.

Ramon Luna – Jalisco, 1945

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It was a miracle by Saint Quiteria of Frexeiras who helped me out when I fell off the horse which was scared by a snake.

Cicero Eucebio Reis
Paulo Jasinto, Alagoas, October 2010

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We went to visit our friends. My buddy and I drank tequila while our wives were gossiping about the people in the village. We were coming back late and saw the devil chasing us, of course because we had been bad. In fear we implored Saint Michale the Archangel, and he came to save us from the demon because he knew we weren’t bad people but just that night. The Archangel scared the devil and his horse away and sent them back to hell.

My father gave me a horse. But it was so wild he threw me every time. With every fall I hurt myself, but the worst was that I became a joke for everybody at the ranch. I ask the Virgin of San Juan, with all my faith, to help me. Finally I managed to tame the horse. Now my father is very proud of me.

Ponciano Aguilar \ Guadalajara, Jalisco

1914, I was caught in a storm on my way to Puebla. I was riding my horse near a tree, and a lighting hit it right over my head. The tree got on fire. I thank the Virgin of San Juan with this retablo for I didn’t get burn alive.

1918, at the Ojo de Agua ranch, Catarino Telles found himself in a serious danger when he mounted a very nervous horse. The horse was rearing and Catarino was thinking he would end this ride at the cemetery. Then he entrusted himself to Saint James and could escaped safely from this race. He thanks with big devotion.

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