Amethyst gemstone necklace with vintage recast Our Lady of the Pillar medallion. Sterling silver, 18".
OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR
According to the most ancient of traditions, the Virgin visited Saint James the Apostle by the banks of the Ebro River in the Roman city of Cesaraugusta (Zaragoza) when she was still alive. As a sign of her presence she brought with her a column or a pillar. Honoured as the “Pillar of Faith” for having sustained the Apostle Saint James in a moment of weariness and discouragement, the Blessed Virgin Mary is also the Destroyer of All Heresies and the Succour of Christians in distress. The Blessed Virgin offers a pillar of stability in our inconstancy and, when necessary, she comes to our rescue, against the powers of darkness.
Meditation Antiphon: (Wis 18:3; Ex 13: 21ss)
You gave your people a pillar of blazing fire to guide them,
to give them light, so that they could march by day and by night.
All powerful and ever-living God, through the glorious Mother of Your Son, you have given heavenly protection to all who invoke her under the title of the Pillar. Through her intercession, grant us strength in faith, security in hope, and constancy in love. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Your Son, who lives and reigns, with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.