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In Arraial do Cabo, an image of Our Lady can be found in the middle of the ocean. According to local residents, the saint was found by a fisherman in the cleft of a grotto.

Photo: Cris Isidoro / Diadorim Ideias.

In the occasion, he warned the priest and the image was taken in procession to the local church. It would have disappeared from the temple, to be found again in the same grotto. Once again, it was taken to the church and mysteriously returned to the grotto. The inexplicable fact would be repeated a few times until the image was finally left on the spot where it was first found - a beautiful fissure in the cove of Anjos Beach. A replica, actually, because the original image was sent to the city of Cabo Frio.

The versions for the saga of the mysterious image found in the books "Memórias Históricas do Rio de Janeiro", by Monsignor Pizarro, and "Auto de Aparecimento da Imagem", by historian Alberto Lamego (father), are far less fanciful. According to Lamego, the fisherman Domingos André would have found the image, on September 4, 1971. It was a 25-to-28-centimeter-high image, carved in walnut wood. It is from there that the version of the books differs from the legend: the image, both Lamego and Pizarro claim, was never carried into the church of Arraial, being taken in solemn procession on October 2, 1971, to the Main Church in Cabo Frio (municipality to which, at the time, Arraial belonged). By order of King João V, a chapel was built, attached to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in honor of the Virgin. The image was kept in the chapel to be stolen in the mid 1980s; its current whereabouts are still unknown. At the altar dedicated to the Virgin, nowadays, there is a replica of the original image, just like the one in Arraial.

Photo: Cris Isidoro / Diadorim Ideias.

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