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A house shrine for the Immaculate Conception in Tyrol.

A house shrine for the Immaculate Conception in Tyrol.

(Source: tyrol-guide.com)

Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Bijstand
The miraculous statue of Mary venerated in the chapel of Our Lady of Refuge in Meulebeke, Belgium.

Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Bijstand

The miraculous statue of Mary venerated in the chapel of Our Lady of Refuge in Meulebeke, Belgium.

A statue of the Immaculate Conception in the cathedral of Ghent, Belgium.

A statue of the Immaculate Conception in the cathedral of Ghent, Belgium.

Maria Immacolata
The miraculous image of the Immaculate Conception venerated in Macerata, Italy.

Maria Immacolata

The miraculous image of the Immaculate Conception venerated in Macerata, Italy.

(Source: donbosco-torino.it)

The rococo roof with a painting of the Immaculate Conception in the church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição dos Militares in Recife, Brazil.

The rococo roof with a painting of the Immaculate Conception in the church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição dos Militares in Recife, Brazil.

(Source: acervodigital.unesp.br)

Immaculata.
An Austrian holy card of Mary as the Immaculate Conception.

Immaculata.

An Austrian holy card of Mary as the Immaculate Conception.

Vergine Immacolata
The statue of the Immaculate Conception in the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi, Italy.
The basilica marks the spot where St Francis received his vocation and renounced the world. This happened in the small church called the Porziuncola, which now stands inside the basilica. 

Vergine Immacolata

The statue of the Immaculate Conception in the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi, Italy.

The basilica marks the spot where St Francis received his vocation and renounced the world. This happened in the small church called the Porziuncola, which now stands inside the basilica. 

Madre L’Immacolata
A statue of Mary as the Immaculate Conception in Ventimiglia di Sicilia, Sicily.

Madre L’Immacolata

A statue of Mary as the Immaculate Conception in Ventimiglia di Sicilia, Sicily.

An 18th century engraving by Klauber of Mary as the Immaculate Conception.

An 18th century engraving by Klauber of Mary as the Immaculate Conception.

ImmacolataA Neapolitan print of the Immaculate Conception and various symbols of Mary’s purity.

Immacolata

A Neapolitan print of the Immaculate Conception and various symbols of Mary’s purity.

A statue of Mary as the Immaculate Conception in Villafranca, Spain.

A statue of Mary as the Immaculate Conception in Villafranca, Spain.

L’ImmacolataThe Immaculate Conception, patroness of Canicattì in Sicily.

L’Immacolata

The Immaculate Conception, patroness of Canicattì in Sicily.

An 18th century Dutch engraving of Mary as the Immaculate Conception.

An 18th century Dutch engraving of Mary as the Immaculate Conception.

The high altar of the Gèsu Nuovo, Naples’ most important Jesuit church. The altar was constructed in the 17th century. The massive marble statue of the Immaculate Conception dates from 1859.Upon visiting the church, I found the altar and statue quite awe inspiring. It fits perfectly with the Jesuits’ Counter Reformation efforts to create a sacred theatre for the celebration of the liturgy.

The high altar of the Gèsu Nuovo, Naples’ most important Jesuit church. The altar was constructed in the 17th century. The massive marble statue of the Immaculate Conception dates from 1859.

Upon visiting the church, I found the altar and statue quite awe inspiring. It fits perfectly with the Jesuits’ Counter Reformation efforts to create a sacred theatre for the celebration of the liturgy.

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