Ex-voto Dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help



September 29, 1914
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Ex-votos are a type of votive art – objects that are offered in fulfillment of a vow or to express gratitude to a higher power. When a person is sick or in danger, they might pray to a particular saint, or to the Virgin Mary or Christ, to heal and safeguard them from danger. If those prayers are answered, they commission small commemorative paintings like these, which pair a visual illustration of the event with a written account. Ex-votos were often hung in churches near altars dedicated to the holy figure featured in their creation, offering a visual testament to the figure’s power.

Transcription: Habiendo sido reclutado en la calle de Hidalgo de S. L. Potosi el joben Blas Rodriguez el 6 de Eno. de 1914 y llevado a Guadalajara como soldado federal su hermana lo encomendó a N. Sa. del Perpetuo Socorro prometiendo llevarle un retablo por que no pereciera durante los combates que tenia y después siendo licenciada la tropa sus jefes le dieron pase libre para qué se viniera a su tierra y llegó á S. Luis á fines de Agosto del mismo año. / San Luis Potosi. Septiembre 29 de 1914.

Translation: Having been recruited on Hidalgo street in San Luis de Potosi, the young Blas Rodriguez on January 6 of 1914 was taken to Guadalajara as a federal soldier. His sister entrusted him to the Holy Virgin of Perpetual Help, promising to take her a retablo so he would not perish during battles and so that later as a licensed troop, his superiors gave him a free pass to go to his land and he arrived to S. Luis at the end of August of the same year. / San Luis Potosi. September 29, 1914.