Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also
Statues of the Mater Dolorosa and Ecce Homo in Naples, Italy.
Maria SS. Addolorata
A vintage holy card of the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows in the church of Santa Brigida, Naples.
Maria SS. de Arco
A vintage postcard of the miraculous image of the Madonna Dell’Arco (Our Lady of the Arch) in Sant’Anastasia in Naples, Italy.
Maria SS. Madre della Divina Provvidenza
The miraculous image of Our Lady of Divine Providence in the church of Santa Maria di Caravaggio, Naples.
The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows in the church of Santa Brigida, Naples.
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in the church of San Domenico Soriano in Naples, Italy.
A Neapolitan print of the Immaculate Conception and various symbols of Mary’s purity.
Immacolata di Don Placido
The statue of Mary Immaculate in the basilica of Gesù Vecchio, Naples. In 1826 the Madonna of Don Placido was crowned by the Vatican Chapter and declared the protectress of Naples.
Madonna di Don Placido
A vintage postcard of the Madonna venerated in the basilica of Gesù Vecchio, the old Jesuit church in Naples. Mary is shown above the city of Naples, with the Vesuvius in the background.
A painting of Our Lady of Sorrows in the church of Trinità dei Pellegrini in Naples, Italy.
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.