A replica of the statue of the Immaculate Conception that stood on top of the Marian column in Prague until 1918, when the baroque column was toppled by Socialists.
For the past 95 years many efforts have been made to reconstruct the column, which was originally erected in 1650 on Prague’s Old Town Square. The project is surrounded by much controversy, and has received criticism from local politicians and Protestant church leaders. Even the Catholic diocese of Prague does not support the idea. Some claim there is also a Masonic plot against the reconstruction of the column.
In spite of this the Society for the Recovery of the Marian Column continues to make efforts to have the column reconstructed in its original place. Earlier this year Prague’s City Council approved the plans, so the column may be rebuilt in the near future. The replica of the crowning statue already stands outside the church of Our Lady before Týn, waiting to be placed on top of the reconstructed column one day.
The miraculous image of Maria Hilf (Our Lady of Help) in the pilgrimage church of Maria Stock in Skoky, Czech Republic.
The village of Skoky was abandoned by its German inhabitants at the end of the Second World War in 1945. The baroque church went into decline for many years, until recent efforts to restore it to its former glory.
An 18th century copy of the miraculous icon of Mary venerated in the Augustinian church in Brno, Czech Republic.
According to legend, the original icon was painted by St Luke. It is referred to as the Pearl of Moravia and has been venerated in Brno since 1356.
In 1727 the Augustinians asked the Vatican for permission to solemnly crown the icon, which was finally granted in 1736. To commemorate this event, many copies were made of the icon for homes and churches.
An image of Mary during her pregnancy from the Czech Republic.
Today is the third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday. The day takes its name from the first word of the introit of today’s Mass:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.