And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
For He has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid.
From henceforth all generations shall call me blessed,
For He Who is mighty has done great things to me.
And Holy is His Name.
His mercy is from generation to generation.
To those who fear Him,
He has shown might with His arm.
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And raised up the lowly. (Luke 1: 46-52)
1. The province of Santander is commonly called The Mountain (Montaña) by its inhabitants. This name comes from the time when Burgos was by law and by actuality the Caput Castellae (Capital of Castille) in the region of Castille that now corresponds to the province of Santander, which was then called the Montaña of Burgos.
2. Under the beautiful title of The Pilgrim Virgin, the Virgin Mary is honored on July 2nd at Sahagún (Province of León). The church of this city as well as the beautiful statue of the Virgin are some of the rare remains of an ancient Franciscan convent. On July 2nd the statue is carried in procession, dressed in a robe from the court of the Queen of León, Donna Urraca (1077-1116).
3. This is part of the Divine Office or liturgical prayer of the church; the proper time for its recitation is in the afternoon or early evening.
4. Expression of St. Paul in his epistle to the Galatians: But when the fullness of time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman. (4: 4)