Macula originalis non est in te
Today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a celebration of Mary’s conception without the stain of original sin.
As today is also the second Sunday of Advent, in most places the feast is liturgically celebrated tomorrow. Those who follow the General Roman Calendar of 1962 will celebrate the feast today, as the feast takes precedence over Sunday.
An engraving of the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Máriapócs, Hungary.
The icon, which is currently kept in St Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna, became renowned in 1696, when it is believed to have wept in front of eye witnesses. The village of Máriapócs remains an important place of pilgrimage to this day, especially for the Greek Catholic community of Hungary.
An engraving of the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Marienweiher in Germany. Around the image four miracle scenes are depicted.
Marienweiher has been a place of pilgrimage since the 12th century, when a small church was built dedicated to Mary. The current church, seen on the engraving, was built in the early 18th century.
A detail of a Mexican broadside entitled Triste y Dolorosa Noticia Espantoso Acontecimiento de la Profanación de la Sagrada Imagen de Maria Santisima de Guadalupe y sus reliquias (Sad and Painful News of the Sacrilege committed against the Sacred Image of Most Holy Mary of Guadalupe and her relics). The etching is by the artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.
The print was published by Antonio Vanegas Arroyo in Mexico City in 1920 and describes the story of Lucas Cordero. One day he visited the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and brought his wife Maria Ignacia Banderas a small effigy of the Virgin. Maria had however asked her husband to buy her a dress, and when she saw the image she was so enraged that she threw it into the burning fire. She was instantly punished for her act of sacrilege, as she died on the spot.