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Posted by Albert Parker on Thursday 20th of September 2012 02:55
It would be helpful to anyone who isn't a Spanish or Hispanic Catholic to include in this entry a reassurance that "N.S. de la O" isn't a mistake or an abbreviation. I thought it had to be, and that all of the Google hits for "N~ S~ de la O" were all referring to the same list in which the name was abbreviated by a Spanish navy bureaucrat who knew what the "O" stood for. Then I found "iglesia de la Nuestra Señora de la O" in Seville, but still didn't know what the "O" "stood for." No luck on "N~ S~ de la Ora," and "N~ S~ de la Oración" only dates to the 1940's. Only when I searched in desperation for "Our Lady of the O" did I find an explanation that it really is the Spanish name for a Catholic feast day that elsewhere is known as the "Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary" (at least in English!☺). There's apparently a "N~ S~ de la O" in Mexico, too.
Posted by Albert Parker on Thursday 20th of September 2012 02:20
If this comment goes through, then I have finally guessed quite by accident how to make the "capcha" thing work. I've already tried a couple of times. A carefully written message was wiped out.