The miraculous image of Mary venerated in the pilgrimage church of Maria Eck in Siegsdorf, Bavaria.
The pilgrimage to Maria Eck goes back to the 16th century, when a lumberjack repeatedly saw two lights shining in the night. It was decided a chapel should be built on the site, with two altars dedicated to the Holy Trinity and one to the Blessed Virgin.
Interior of the Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome by Giovanni Paolo Pannini, 1755.
The Borghese chapel in the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome. The altar houses the image of the Salus Populi Romani, the Protectress of the Roman People.
A copy of the icon of Our Lady of Snows in Poznań, Poland.
S. Maria Maior
A 17th century Flemish engraving of the icon of the Salus Populi Romani (Protectress of the Roman People) in the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Snows, which commemorates the dedication of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, or Saint Mary Major, in Rome.
The basilica is the most important church dedicated to Mary in Rome and houses the icon of the Salus Populi Romano, the palladium of the Eternal City. According to an ancient legend it was Mary herself who chose the spot for the church to be built by making it snow on top of the hill where the basilica now stands.
All the saints have a great devotion for Mary.
- St John Vianney
Beata Vergine delle Grazie
The miraculous image of Our Lady of Grace in Villa Verucchio, Italy.
An anonymous 16th century painting of the Madonna Avvocata, depicting Mary in the ancient orans position of prayer.