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Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Woman with Two Wings of a Great Eagle

Our glorious, powerful Mother
The Woman with Two Wings of a Great Eagle

And there were given to the woman, 
two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert to her place 
– Apocalypse 12:14

“El Panecillo - Bread Loaf Hill - emerges with the aluminum statue of the Virgin of Quito in all of its 134 1/2 feet, high from the south side of Quito Colonial. The hill itself rises at 9,900 feet or 3,016 meters above sea level.
“In 1976 this monument emerged with a replica of the sculpture created of 7,000 pieces of aluminum, the largest of its kind in the world.
“The only figure in the world of the Virgin with wings...she comes to us from the 18th century inspired by the description of her in the Book of the Apocalypse.
Shungoloma is the original name given in Quichua, which means "hill of the heart." How fitting that the Spanish claimed it for the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
“Other names have been attached to her, but the Virgin of Quito rings the most common. Everyone in Quito knows that it replicates the original of Bernardo Legarda. That explains why she's also known as the Legarda Virgin.”

Before my family and I went in Ecuador this past June I didn’t understand why a statue of the Virgin Mary would have wings. People don’t turn into angels and get wings once in heaven, so naturally I went to the Internet to try to figure out who created the original 18th century statue and why she has wings. Once I found the answer I was astounded that there aren’t more statues of Our Mother with wings because she (with wings) is incredibly beautiful.
          At first I skimmed Apocalypse 12 but only down to verse 6 where it says that “the woman fled into the wilderness.” I thought that was the answer and that Legarda artistically suggested she fled with the help of wings…not angel wings necessarily, but some other sort of wings to fly away.
Just like mine!!
Later I read something about Legarda and “eagle wings” for the Virgin of Quito. I didn’t remember reading that so went back to Apocalypse 12, reading the ENTIRE chapter where I found that if I had not been in such a hurry and stopped at verse 6, I would have found the answer in verse 14. The wings of the Virgin of Quito are “two wings of a great eagle”. In addition Legarda has Our Mother literally dancing on the devil and in addition to that, she is stomping on the crescent moon, the symbol of Islam.
At Quito’s beautiful, amazing, new and efficient Mariscal Sucre International Airport (in contrast to Ft Lauderdale’s sleazy third-world decrepit rundown airport – Donald Trump is right!) I bought a wood statue of Our Lady of Quito with a wood shrine for her to stand in for $100 for both together. It was $65 for the statue and $45 for her shrine which here would cost $350. Examining the statue, I see in the back that the snake is wrapped around the crescent moon, symbol of Islam, showing the two in tandem. One equals the other.
Therefore I researched the crescent moon and found THIS from Onepeterfive’s blog.

1 comment:

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Fascinating post, Susan. How I wish the Lord would give us all eagles' wings with which to fly away. But where would we go. With the death of Europe and rapid decline of the U.S., the only place to fly is before the tabernacle. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, save us!