Devotion to Our Lady of La Leche really began in the Middle Ages, but it stems from a grotto in Bethlehem that has existed since the 4th Century. It is believed that the devotion was brought from the Holy Land to Europe during the time of the Crusades.
Many sought the intercession of Our Lady of La Leche for help in conceiving, having healthy pregnancies and children, and more.
During the time of Philip III in Spain, a woman was giving birth and it was expected that she and the child would die. However, many began to pray for the intercession of Our Lady of La Leche. The woman and her child lived.
In Spanish, the full title is Nuestra Señora de La Leche y Buen Parto (Our Lady of the Milk and Happy Delivery). Our Lady of La Leche, pray for us!
In October of 2021, a conical coronation was celebrated in St. Augustine Florida. Cardinal Carlos Osora Sierra performed the ceremony.
We've dedicated a special Rosary to Our Lady of La Leche, as it resembles the colors of her gown.