Basilica of Our Lady of the Prado
Basilica of Our Lady of the Prado

26 Apr 2019Posted By: Julio Zamorano Barderas

There is no certainty of the concrete date in which Santa María del Prado began to be worshiped There is something that can certainly be affirmed: it is one of the oldest images, if not the oldest, of the Diocese. Is it a gift to Talavera from King Liuva , in the 7th century? This was the son of Recaredo and nephew of St. Hermenegildo . Is it a gift from San Ildefonso to the city as a reward for the services rendered in the fight against Arianism, which defended that Mary was the Mother of Christ, a man, but she was not the Mother of God? Archpriest Julianaffirms of theVirgen del Prado : It was very dear to San Ildefonso . And Pedro de Villarroel , scribe of the city, mentions again the devotion that San Ildefonso had to the Virgen del Prado, and that from Toledo he came to visit her several times at this Villa.

There is a historical fact: The Christianization of the "Mondas", ancient rite in honor of the goddess Ceres . The Mondas, both in their pagan and Christian times, were always parties with a certain official character, open not only to the children of Talavera but to the whole region, happy and pious. Its very description refers to an ancient and noble origin. All this ritual has been substantially maintained. But, ¿ when these parties were Christianized, beginning the cult of Our Lady of Prado? I suspect that this transformation could be anticipated in the late Roman or transition to Visigothic times, IV-V centuries , says Colomina Torner .

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