Gnadenbild Maria Treu
The miraculous image of Mary venerated in the church of Maria Treu in Vienna, Austria.
It is the work of a local painter, who was struck by the plague in 1713. He and his wife vowed to travel to Rome if they would be healed. Though his wife died, the painter survived and embarked on his pilgrimage. During his stay in Rome he painted this copy of a Madonna, which he donated to the church upon his return to Vienna. It soon became an object of fervent devotion.
The miraculous statue of Our Lady of Mariazell, venerated under the title ‘Magna Mater Austriae’ (Great Mother of Austria).
Emeritus pope Benedict XVI, who resigned earlier today, has a great devotion for Our Lady of Mariazell. He kept a copy of this statue in his private chapel in the Vatican.
The late medieval miraculous image of Mary venerated in Strassengel, Austria.
Mary is depicted as Our Lady of Grains, standing in prayer while pregnant and wearing a dress with a pattern of full ears of wheat. She thus becomes the Mother of the Bread of Life, one of Christ’s Eucharistic titles.