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The Blessed Virgin Mary began making appearances to others of the new Christian faith even before she died. Witness Our Lady of the Pillar by James the (Greater) Apostle in Saragossa in northeast Spain, ca. 40 AD. The Blessed Mother appeared to the despondent missionary while he was deep in prayer, and presented him with column of jasper and a small wooden statue of herself. She instructed him to build a church there, the first ever dedicated to the Virgin Mary:

"This place is to be my house, and this image and column shall be the title and altar of the temple that you shall build."

James later returned to Jerusalem, where he was executed by Herod Agrippa in 44 AD, thus becoming the first apostle to be martyred. The wooden statue and jasper column still reside at Saragossa and are displayed on special occasions in the Compostella cathedral.

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