Feast of the Virgin of the Helpless
The Sunday 9 May we celebrate the Festival of the Virgen de los Desamparados. She is the patron saint of the city of Valencia, and the Valencian Community, and therefore one of the patrons of the autonomous communities of Spain. Besides Valencia, She is the patron of 26 towns of the Valencian Community.
“The Virgin of the Forsaken” also called The e Geperudetan referring to the slightly bent position assumed. Among Valencians there is a great devotion to this dedication.
La Virgen de los Desamparados -s. XVIII- It located in San Juan del Hospital, It was donated by the Montalt family and has been placed in the confessional chapel. Image of wood carving and polychrome stucco, dated around the XVIII century. Luce own and characteristic attributes of the original image is venerated in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken, as patroness of the city.
This is a picture standing, with Baby Jesus in her arms. It can be seen the delicate modeling , Gothic features, logical evolution in regard to the canon of this style. It is decorated with the Cross of the Sovereign Order of Malta since time immemorial.
Volunteer of the Church of San Juan del Hospital, created in 1993 to carry out a necessary social work, He chose the patronage of Our Lady under this advocation so beloved of the Valencians.
Prayer to the Virgin of the Helpless
God, Father of mercy, to those who venerate the Virgin Mary with the endearing title of Mother of the Forsaken, Grant that protected so tender Mother, Let us never be abandoned by your goodness and let us know how to bring your love and mercy to your most needy children. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.