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.