This digital art print of Saint Mariana de Jesus de Paredes is the perfect addition to your home decor or a great gift for birthdays, Confirmation, weddings, or Christmas.
St. Mariana de Paredes was the first saint born in Quito, Ecuador in 1618. She was born to wealthy noble Spanish parents but was orphaned in her childhood. Mariana was then raised by her older sister and her husband.
Mariana was religious early in her childhood and was said to have practiced extreme fasting, slept very little--three hours a night for years!--had the gift of prophecy, and performed miracles.
As part of Mariana’s extreme fasting, it is reported that she barely ate even an ounce of bread every eight or ten days--in fact, many people claimed that she actually survived on the Eucharist alone, which she took every morning at Mass.
Her gift of prophecy allowed her to predict the future, she read secrets on the hearts of others, she cured diseases by a sign of the cross or a sprinkling of holy water, and she was said to have also restored at least one dead person to life.
One of Mariana’s best known miracles happened after the quick succession of an earthquake and then an epidemic. Mariana gave herself as an offering to God for the sins of the people--which she believed were the real cause of the back-to-back catastrophes--and the epidemic began to subside, though it took Mariana’s life in the process. According to witnesses, a white lily blossomed from her blood after her death.
Mariana took the name “de Jesus” which was likely to honor her connection to the Jesuits. She is known as both “Mariana of Quito” and the “Lily of Quito.”
St. Mariana is the patron saint of Ecuador, the Americas, bodily ills, loss of parents, people rejected by religious orders, and sick people.
- Feast Day: January 18