This enamel-on-bronze plaque is an exquisite depiction of Our Lady of Montserrat, who, as one of the black Madonnas of Europe, goes by her familiar Catalan title, la Moreneta (“the little dark-skinned one”). The original Our Lady of Montserrat statue is a Romanesque sculpture from the late 12th century. This plaque will be a most lovely gift for a wedding or a wedding anniversary, an ordination or ordination anniversary, a profession or jubilee of religious vows, and for that favorite Jesuit professor or administrator at your favorite Jesuit institution!
Our Lady of Montserrat – An Exquisite Labor of Faith, Hope, and Love
This cloisonné enamel on bronze plaque of Our Lady of Montserrat measures 6 by 2.75 inches tall. Our Lady and the Christ Child are seated on a throne with the Montserrat mountain range as background. This multi-peaked mountain range lies near Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. “Montserrat” literally means “saw-toothed (serrated, like the common handsaw) mountain” in Catalan. “Saw-toothed” describes the quite distinctive multitude of jagged rock formations visible from a great distance. This plaque was created and hand-crafted with intricate detail at a workshop of a family of artisans in Spain. This plaque is indeed ”culturally authentic” – a most exquisite labor of love, faith and hope!
Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Our Lady of Montserrat
Upon his recovery from battle wounds suffered in Pamplona, Spain and his conversion while convalescing at home, the future Saint Ignatius of Loyola set out on pilgrimage to the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat on the Montserrat mountain in Catalonia, Spain. There, on March 25, 1522, he laid down his sword and vestments before the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat and put on sackcloth as a beggar. Being a young 26-year old romantic, he envisioned himself now as a knight of the Heavenly King. Saint Ignatius went on to found the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Our Lady of Montserrat still holds a special place in the hearts of Jesuits worldwide.