After Christ's death, ressurection, and ascension, the holy Apostles began to spread the message throughout the land: and eventually into the Roman Empire. St. James the Apostle travelled as far west as to a small village called Saragossa, in Spain. While there, James became disheartened because of the failure of his mission. While James was in deep prayer, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him and gave him a small wooden statue of herself, and a colum of jasper wood. She said:
"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. "
About a year later, James arranged for a small chapel to be built in honor of the Virgin Mary. This would be the first church in the entire world to be dedicated to Mary. The jasper column and the wooden statue can still be seen on special occasions at the church that houses them.