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Puerto Rico's Wooden Saints: Images of  
Saint Rita
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Santa Rita, Orlando Vélez saint carver
Toste-Mediavilla collection


In Puerto Rico and other countries, Saint Rita  (1381–1457) is the subject of great devotion and she is considered the patron saint and intercessor of marriages and difficult cases, thanks to the patience with which she suffered mistreatment by her husband and her death. She is represented by a drop of blood coming from a thorn from a crown which pricked her while she was praying before an image of Christ Crucified. Another miracle tells of the apparition of a rose  or figs in her garden, which appeared in the middle of winter on the day of her death.

(translated from notes by Doreen Colón Camacho)