Madonna dei Sette Dolori
The shrine of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in the church of San Carlo in Catinari, Rome.
There is a small opening in the glass so devotees can touch Mary’s foot. The foot has been covered in silver to protect it from wearing down.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which focuses on the suffering Mary endured during her earthly life. The feast has been celebrated since at least the 13th century.
The image above is a photograph of the statue of the Sorrowful Mother in the Alserkirche in Vienna, Austria.
A statue of Mary in the church of San Giuseppe alla Lungara in Trastevere, Rome.
Monstra te esse Matrem
An 18th century engraving of the miraculous image of Mary known as the ‘Mutter mit dem geneigten Haupt’ (Mother with the Bowed Head). The original image is kept in the Ursuline convent in Landshut, Bavaria.
Images of Our Lady with the Bowed Head often include a short text, taken from the hymn Ave Maris Stella: ‘Show thyself to be a Mother’.
Gnadenbild Maria im Landshut.
Virgen de las Aguas
A vintage photograph of the statue of Our Lady of Waters in Seville, Spain.
The interior of the pilgrimage church of Foy-Notre-Dame, Belgium.
The site near Dinant has been a place of pilgrimage since the early 17th century, when a small medieval statue of Mary was discovered there in a tree.
Novena Devotions In Honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
The cover of an American booklet with prayers for the novenas of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St Gerard Majella.
Virgen del Socorro
The statue of Our Lady of Succour in the Real Oratorio del Caballero de Gracia, a 17th century church in Madrid.
Mary is shown as the protectress and refuge of small children under attack from Satan, represented by a dragonlike creature. As the demon tries to attack the infant Mary lifts a spear to scare it off.
S. Maria del Buon Consiglio
The image of Our Lady of Good Counsel venerated in Portici in the province of Naples, Italy.
Our Lady of Lourdes in the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli on the Piazza del Popolo in Rome.
Show thyself to be a Mother!
An 18th century engraving of the miraculous image of Our Lady with the Bowed Head, venerated in the church of the Ursuline convent in Landshut, Bavaria.
The words ‘Monstra te esse Matrem’ (Show thyself to be a Mother) are traditionally added to every copy of the image. They are taken from the hymn Ave Maris Stella.
Our Lady of Hope of Macarena in Sevilla, Spain. Her Good Friday procession will begin soon.
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.
Michelangelo’s pietà in St Peter’s basilica, Vatican City.