The Byzantine icon of the Madonna Avvocata in the cathedral of Spoleto, Italy.
S. Maria di Grottaferrata
The miraculous icon of Mary venerated in the church of the Basilian abbey in Grottaferrata near Rome.
Madonna di Montevergine
A close up of the miraculous icon of the Madonna of Montevergine, Italy. The Byzantine painting dates from the 13th century.
Imago miraculosa Virgo Maria
An engraving of the miraculous Byzantine icon of Mary in the church of Santi Bonifacio e Alessio, Rome.
The Greek Madonna in the basilica of Santa Maria in Porto in Ravenna, Italy. The Byzantine marble relief represents Mary with her hands raised in prayer.
According to legend the image arrived in Ravenna in the year 1100, after a monk named Peter had seen it floating on the sea escorted by two angels. Peter considered himself too much of a sinner to approach the image, so he called some of his fellow monks. As they came closer to the Madonna the angels drifted further away. It was clear they were intent on Peter coming to collect the image. And so he did after being urged by the other monks. As he stretched out his arms the angels flew away and left Peter with the sacred image of Mary.
The interior of the church of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello, Italy.
The miraculous icon of Mary above the high altar of the church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome.
The Byzantine icon of the Madonna Advocata in the basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome.
The 11th century mosaic of Mary as the Virgin Orante (in prayer) in the apse of the cathedral of St Sophia in Kiev, Ukraine.
The Byzantine icon of the Madonna Nicopeia in Saint Mark’s basilica in Venice, Italy.
A 12th century painting by an unknown Italian master of Mary interceding before Christ (Haghiosoritissa).
Fons Lucis Stella Maris
This Byzantine icon of Mary is venerated in the Roman basilica of Santa Maria in Via Lata under the title ‘Source of Light, Star of the Sea’.
It is one of several images in the Eternal City of Mary in the orante position, the prayer posture of early Christianity.