Michelangelo’s pietà in St Peter’s basilica, Vatican City.
"Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs."
A vintage postcard of the high altar of the basilica of Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos in Jalisco, Mexico.
The city of San Juan de los Lagos has been a place of pilgrimage since the 17th century, centered around a small statue of Mary.
Legend has it that at that time a six years old trapeze artist had a fatal fall when performing one of her acts. When she was brought to the chapel for burial a woman asked her parents if she could place the small statue of Mary on the corpse. As soon as the statue touched the girl’s body she moved and sat up, miraculously brought back to life.
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.
The high altar of the Bürgersaalkirche in Munich, Germany.
The church was built in the 18th century by the city’s Jesuit Marian congregation of the Annunciation, initially as a meeting place (Bürgersaal means ‘citizen’s hall’). After the consecration of the high altar in 1778 it became a church.
St Gerard Majella, the Wonder-worker and patron saint of expectant mothers.