A 19th century image from the pilgrimage church of Frauenberg / Maria Rehkogel in Styria, Austria.
According to legend three local farmers found a pietà on the site of the current church in the second half of the 14th century. It was brought to a nearby town, but when the statue kept returning to the original site by itself it was decided to build a shrine there. The church is still a place of pilgrimage today.
Gnadenbild Maria Hilf
The high altar of the cathedral of Innsbruck, Tyrol.
In the center of the altar hangs the original Maria Hilf painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Copies of this image are venerated in churches, shrines and chapels all over central Europe.
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Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which focuses on the suffering Mary endured during her earthly life. The feast has been celebrated since at least the 13th century.
The image above is a photograph of the statue of the Sorrowful Mother in the Alserkirche in Vienna, Austria.
Die weinende Mutter Gottes
An Austrian image of the crying Mother of God of Mária Pócs. The icon is venerated in St Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna.
The icon’s name refers to the Hungarian village Pócs. It is believed that in 1696 the icon shed tears. After the miraculous event emperor Leopold I asked for the icon to be brought to Vienna.