Our Lady of Regla is a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary venerated in Chipiona, Andalusía, Spain (near Cadíz); in Regla, Havana, Cuba; and in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines.
Our Lady of Regla in Spain
Our Lady of Regla is a Black Madonna venerated at the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Regla de Chipiona (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Regla of Chipiona). Her feast is September 8.
The church is near Cádiz, the main Andalusían Atlantic port where Spanish explorers and treasure galleons sailed to the Americas.
Legends claim the venerated statue was commissioned by Saint Augustine, (354-430), an African-Roman philosopher from what is now Algeria.
When the Vandals took over North Africa, the statue was brought to Chipiona, Spain.
During the Moor’s conquest of Spain, the image was hidden in a well. It was rediscovered several hundred years later through a vision.
The statue’s survival of the Vandals and then the Moors were considered miraculous.
Our Lady of Regla in Cuba
In Cuba, the Black Madonna is venerated at the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla, (Church of Our Lady of Regla) in Regla, Havana, Cuba.
Her feast day is September 7. Every year the faithful gather for a procession.
The easiest way to get to Regla is by boat from Terminal de Ferris, the maritime terminal in Old Havana. The church is a short walk away.
Our Lady of Regla and Yemayá
In West African faiths, Our Lady of Regla is syncretized with Yemayá, the West African goddess of the sea and the moon.
Our Lady of Regla in the Philippines
Our Lady of Regla is venerated at the Our Lady of the Rule Church in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines. Her feast is celebrated on November 21.
The brown Madonna is a copy of the original in Chipiona, Spain. She is carved from dark Philippine hardwood.
The devotion began in 1735 when the parish priest showed the faithful a painting of Our Lady. He was an Augustinian monk who served at Nuestra Señora de la Regla in Chipiona, Spain. The faithful accepted her, put a picture of her on the altar and miracles followed.
She received her canonical coronation on November 27, 1954.