Nossaduna dalla Glisch
The altar and statue of Our Lady of the Light in Trun, Switzerland.
In 1663 the population of Trun decided to build a chapel in honour of Mary on a hilltop. In the night of April 27 1663, the day after the first stone was laid, many people claimed to have seen a mysterious light shining upon the hill.
The miracle of the light was seen as a sign from Mary that she approved of the plans to build her a chapel. Hence it was dedicated to Beata Virgo Lucis Montanae, the Blessed Virgin of the High Light. In German it is known as Maria Licht.
Palm Sunday in the church
Madonna della Milizie
This is one of the most unusual images of Mary I have ever come across: the Madonna of the Militia in Sicily.
According to legend Mary came down from heaven on a horse to help the Norman rulers of Sicily defeat the Saracens in 1091. The event is still enacted each year in the town of Scicli.
The image of the Madonna Dell’Arco (Our Lady of the Arch) in Sant’Anastasia near Naples, Italy.
According to an old folk tale a woman called Aurelia del Prete once started blaspheming against the image after a little piglet she wanted to sell at the Madonna’s fair ran off into the crowd. During her rage she also ridiculed the devotees and jumped up and down on the ex voto her husband had brought to the shrine. The Madonna didn’t take kindly to this attack and promptly the woman’s feet fell off. They are still kept in a box in the sanctuary!
Maria zu den Ketten
Image of Our Lady of Chains in the church of Zell am Harmersbach, Germany.
The title of the statue goes back to an old legend about a local man who was taken captive in the Holy Land by Turkish soldiers. He was forced to walk in chains from Jerusalem to Babylon. When he arrived there he remembered the Madonna of Zell and asked her to help him. Instantly the chains around his wrists and ankles broke and he discovered a white horse, which took him all the way back home.