The miraculous image of the Immaculate Conception venerated in Macerata, Italy.
The rococo roof with a painting of the Immaculate Conception in the church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição dos Militares in Recife, Brazil.
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.
A statue of Mary as the Immaculate Conception in Ventimiglia di Sicilia, Sicily.
A Neapolitan print of the Immaculate Conception and various symbols of Mary’s purity.
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.
O pure and immaculate Queen, save me, deliver me from eternal damnation.
- St John of Damascus