Madre Pietà dei Massari
The Sorrowful Mother of Massari in Trapani, Sicily. The painting is covered with ex votos and the Arma Christi, or Instruments of the Passion.
During Holy Week the image is carried around the city in procession. Watch a video of last month’s procession here.
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The altar of the Madonna del Pozzo (Our Lady of the Well) in the church of Santa Maria in Via, Rome.
The small image of Mary came to light after the overflowing of a well during the night of 26 and 27 September 1256. Pope Alexander IV had a chapel built in honour of this miraculous event. The current chapel dates from 1591 and is located to the right of the entrance to the church.
Water continues to flow from the well, which is distributed to visitors in small cups and bottles. The shrine is sometimes referred to as ‘la piccola Lourdes’, or little Lourdes.
The church of Santa Maria in Via is located close to the Via del Corso, one of Rome’s main shopping streets. It is common for shoppers to pop into the chapel to drink a cup of miraculous water and for a moment of prayer before the Madonna. It is one of those places where the love of the Roman people for Mary really becomes apparent; men and women of all ages find joy and comfort in the small miraculous image of Our Lady of the Well.
Mater Dolorosa in monte Calvario venerata, Terra Sancta.
A lithograph of the shrine of the Mother of Sorrows in the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
The shrine is filled with votive offerings, many of them hearts. The statue itself was a gift to the church by queen Mary I of Portugal.
An early 20th century photograph of the interior of the chapel of Our Lady of Częstochowa, Poland.
Note the great number of silver votive offering placed on and around the altar. These are a testimony of the people’s devotion to Mary and of their belief in the miraculous powers of her image.
Onze Lieve Vrouw van de Besloten Tuin
The statue of Mary in the hermitage of Our Lady of the Garden Enclosed in Warfhuizen, the Netherlands.
Two weeks ago Brother Hugo, who lives in the hermitage, made his profession as a hermit in the cathedral of Groningen.