Mater Admirabilis, ora pro nobis!
A Parisian engraving of the miraculous image of the Mother Most Admirable in the church of Trinita dei Monti, Rome.
The words ‘Ego flos campi et lilium convallium’ are taken from the Song of Solomon and translate as: I am the flower of the field and the lily of the valleys.
A detail of the pulpit next to the papal altar in St Peter’s basilica, Vatican City, depicting the Annunciation.
The feast of the Annunciation is celebrated today. Usually the date is March 25, but as this fell on the Monday of Holy Week the solemnity was postponed to today.
The feast commemorates the announcement by the archangel Gabriel to Mary that she was to become the mother of Jesus. It is often considered as the beginning of the Incarnation story.
The altar of the Madonna del Pozzo (Our Lady of the Well) in the church of Santa Maria in Via, Rome.
The small image of Mary came to light after the overflowing of a well during the night of 26 and 27 September 1256. Pope Alexander IV had a chapel built in honour of this miraculous event. The current chapel dates from 1591 and is located to the right of the entrance to the church.
Water continues to flow from the well, which is distributed to visitors in small cups and bottles. The shrine is sometimes referred to as ‘la piccola Lourdes’, or little Lourdes.
The church of Santa Maria in Via is located close to the Via del Corso, one of Rome’s main shopping streets. It is common for shoppers to pop into the chapel to drink a cup of miraculous water and for a moment of prayer before the Madonna. It is one of those places where the love of the Roman people for Mary really becomes apparent; men and women of all ages find joy and comfort in the small miraculous image of Our Lady of the Well.