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Intact Virgin Mary Painting Found In Rubble After Mission San Gabriel Fire

It was the only work of art left in the church to survive the fire.

Workers found a mostly unscathed 18th century painting of the Virgin Mary buried beneath the rubble of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the 249-year-old church that burned down in July, officials from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said in a statement, Thursday, Oct. 15.

They discovered it on Sept. 15 — a day known to some Catholics as the Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows.

It’s a Cathollic holy day dedicated to the Virgin Mary when she’s often depicted with a sad or anguished mien — a common representation known as Mater Dolorosa, Latin for “Mother of Sorrows.”

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