An engraving of the miraculous image venerated in the church of Maria Weissenstein in South Tyrol, Italy.
According to legend Mary appeared to the ailing farmer Leonhard Weissensteiner in 1553 and miraculously cured him. Out of gratitude the farmer built a chapel dedicated to Mary, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. In the 17th century the current baroque church and abbey were built.
The ex voto is formed by the structure, the substance and the result of a contract, in other words a vow.
- M. Mollat (1973)
Nossa Senhora Aparecida
A vintage print of Our Lady of Aparecida, the patroness of Brazil.
The Dutch Confraternity of Our Lady of the Garden Enclosed of Warfhuizen is gathering funds to purchase a silver Seven Sorrows heart from an antique dealer in Naples. They need a total of €430.
If you wish to make a contribution, however small, please send me a private message for more information. Thank you!
Indeed, Mary is solely human. Neither is, or should, she be worshipped.
Catholic and Orthodox Christians pay the highest respect to Mary, in the form of veneration, as it was through her that “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us”. We also believe her to be the most powerful advocate of the Christian people before her Son.
Santa Maria del Carmelo
An Italian hand-coloured print of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The Madonna of the Protective Cloak (detail) by Bartholomäus Storer. It was painted in 1612 for the cathedral of Konstanz, Germany.
A painting of Mary breastfeeding Jesus in the basilica of Sankt Emmeran in Regensburg, Germany.
Onze Lieve Vrouw van de Besloten Tuin
A holy card of Our Lady of the Garden Enclosed in Warfhuizen, the Netherlands.