The ex voto is formed by the structure, the substance and the result of a contract, in other words a vow.
- M. Mollat (1973)
Madonna delle Grazie
The altar inside the sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace in Pinerolo, Italy.
Matka Boska Ostrobramska
The miraculous icon of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn in Vilnius, Lithuania. The image is covered with votive offerings in the shape of hearts and other body parts, as well as jewelry.
Sterre der Zee, bid voor ons
Two pilgrims praying in the chapel of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Mater Dolorosa in Monte Calvario venerata
A lithograph of the statue of the Mother of Sorrows in the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
A street shrine for Our Lady of Providence in Rome.
The Lady altar in the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in Soho, London.
Notre-Dame de l’Osier
The shrine of Our Lady of the Wicker Tree in the district of Grenoble, France.
According to legend a local man discovered a wicker tree that miraculously began to bleed in 1649. Eight years later Mary appeared to the same man, urging him to renounce his Protestant faith and to convert to Catholicism. The man did what Mary asked, and soon the site became a place of pilgrimage.
Madonna dei Sette Dolori
The shrine of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in the church of San Carlo in Catinari, Rome.
There is a small opening in the glass so devotees can touch Mary’s foot. The foot has been covered in silver to protect it from wearing down.
The miraculous icon of the Mother of Mercy of Aušros Vartai (the Gate of Dawn) in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.