Santuario di Montenero
A vintage postcard from the shrine of the Madonna of Montenero, Italy. The caption reads: At the feet of this Miraculous Image I have prayed for you.
Onze Lieve Vrouw van Scherpenheuvel
A vintage postcard from the shrine of Scherpenheuvel, the most important place of pilgrimage in Belgium.
The Chapel of Grace in Kevelaer, Germany. It was built in 1654 and houses the miraculous image of Our Lady of Kevelaer, Consoler of the Afflicted.
Consolatrix Afflictorum Ora Pro Nobis
Vera effigies Matris JESU Consolatrix Afflictorum in agro probe Kevelaer miraculis et hominum visitatione celebris. A. 1640
A baroque engraving of Our Lady of Kevelaer in Germany. The miraculous image, or ‘Gnadenbild’ in German, is covered in ex votos, a testimony of the miracles that occurred at the shrine through Mary’s intercession. In the background the Kerzenkapelle and Gnadenkapelle are depicted, as well as pilgrims.
This weekend I will make my annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Kevelaer in Germany, where Mary has been venerated under the title Consoler of the Afflicted since 1642.
Please let me know if you have any prayer requests. I will leave them for you at the shrine and light you a candle. You can contact me in private here or via Facebook.
Do you have any requests?
A souvenir from the shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni in Tamil Nadu, India.
According to tradition Mary appeared to a Hindu boy in the 16th century and asked him for some milk to give to her Son, who she carried in her arms.
The pilgrimage church of Csíksomlyó in Transylvania, Romania.
The site has been a place of pilgrimage since 1567, when the Hungarian king John II Sigismund Zápolya wanted to convert the local population to Protestantism. However, they refused to abandon the Catholic faith and turned to Mary for help.
Gnadenbild Maria Weissenstein
Maria Weissenstein is a place of pilgrimage in South Tyrol, Italy. The abbey of Maria Weissenstein came into being after Mary appeared to the ailing farmer Leonhard Weissensteiner and miraculously cured him. This happened in 1553.
To give thanks for his cure, Weissensteiner built a chapel where other people could go to ask Mary for help. The chapel soon became a destination for many pilgrims. In 1673 the baroque church and abbey were built. In Italian the site is known as Pietralba.