Our Lady of Pillar ~ Mary's First Apparition
On January 2, 40 AD, James the Greater, one of the original Twelve Apostles, was preaching the Gospel in what was then the pagan land of Caesaraugusta (now Zaragoza). He was disheartened with his mission. While he was praying, Mary miraculously appeared before him atop a pillar. Mary assured James that the people would be converted and their faith would be as strong as the pillar she was standing on. She gave him the pillar as a symbol and a wooden image of herself.