Catholic Madonna Shrine
This is a small outdoor Catholic shrine, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary,
at the home of a Sicilian American family. Note the seashells around the base of the
statue, which is reministent of the title Stella Maris (Star of the Sea).
In the Roman Catholic Church, the Madonna, Jesus' mother, is venerated in her own right as the Mother of God.
As the Mediatrix, the Madonna intercedes between humanity and God. She is the Co-redemptrix of humanity.
According to one American-Sicilian, "God is God, but Mary is God's Mother, and--as any one from
Mediteranean families can attest--Mom is more important than anyone else, therefore Mary outranks God."
Other titles of the Madonna include:
Domina, Mater Dei (Mother of God), Mater Creatoris (Mother of our Creator), Maestā (Majesty), Beatissima
(Most Blessed), Sanctissima (Most Holy), Causa nostrae laetitiae (Cause of our Joy), Sedes sapientiae
(Seat of Wisdom), Regina Coeli (Queen of heaven), Regina Angelorum (Queen of Angels), Regina familiae
(Queen of the family), Regina pacis (Queen of Peace), Regina in caelum assumpta (Queen assumed into heaven),
Regina Sanctissimi Rosarii (Queen of the most holy Rosary), Dei genetrix, Virgo Deipara, Theotokos (God-bearer),
Pietā, Mater Dolorosa (Mother of Sorrows), Mater boni Consilii (Mother of Good Council), Mater Salvatoris
(Mother of our Savior), Mater admirabilis (Mother most admirable), Salus infirmorum (Health of the sick),
Consolatrix afflictorum (Comforter of the afflicted), Stella matutina (Morning star), Rosa mystica (Mystical rose).
Beneath your compassion, We take refuge, O Mother of God: do not despise our petitions in time of
trouble: but rescue us from dangers, only pure, only blessed one.
Italian Manifestations of the Madonna
--3rd century Greek Prayer
1/4 - Our Lady of Treves (Italy).
1/5 - Our Lady of Abundance or Prosperity (Cursi, Italy).
1/8 - Our Lady of the Commencement (Naples)
1/9 - Our Lady beyond the Tiber (Rome)
1/12 - Our Lady of the Rue Large (Rome)
1/12 - Our Lady of the Broad Street (Rome).
1/14 - Our Lady of Porch (Rome)
1/17- Our Lady of Peace (Rome)
1/21- Our Lady of Consolation (Rome)
1/30 - Our Lady of the Rose (Lucca, Italy).
2/4 - Our Lady of Fire (Forli, Italy).
2/7 - Our Lady of Grace (or Our Lady of the Bowed Head) (Rome).
2/10 - Our Lady of the Dove (Bologna, Italy).
2/27 - Our Lady of Light (Lisbon, Portugal and Palermo, Italy).
3/1 - Our Lady Della Croce (Crema, Italy).
3/10 - Our Lady of the Vine (Tuscany, Italy).
3/13- Our Lady of the Empress (Rome)
4/1 - Our Lady of Tears (Sicily).
4/5 - Our Lady of Divine Providence (Cussanio, Italy).
4/8 - Our Lady of the Valley (Sicily).
4/16- Our Lady of Victory (celebrated in church of St. Mark, Venice)
4/24 -Our Lady of Bonaria (Sardinia)
5/6 - Our Lady of Miracles (Church of Our Lady of Peace, Rome).
5/8 - Our Lady of Pompeii.
5/9 - Our Lady of Loretto (Ancona, Italy).
5/13 - Dedication of Our Lady of Martyrs (Rome).
5/17- Our Lady of Tears (Duchy of Spoletto, Italy)
5/21 - Our Lady of Sweat (Salerno, Italy).
5/22- Our Lady of the Monte Vergine (Naples, Italy)
5/23 - Our Lady of Miracles of Brescia (Italy).
5/24 - Our Lady of the Way (Rome)
5/26 - Our Lady of Caravaggio (Italy).
5/27 - Our Lady of Naples (Italy).
5/28 - Feast of the Relics of Our Lady (Venice, Italy)
6/1 - Our Lady of the Star (Aquileia, Italy)
6/3 - Our Lady of Sasopoli (Italy).
6/4 - Our Lady of the Hill (Lombardy, Italy).
6/9 - Our Lady of Mentorello (Italy).
6/19 - Our Lady of Monte Senario (Florence, Italy).
6/22 - Our Lady of Narni (Italy)
7/17 - Our Lady of Campitelli (Italy).
8/2 - Our Lady of Angels (Assisi, Italy).
8/5 - Our Lady of the Snows (Rome, Italy).
8/16 - Our Lady of Trapani (Sicily, Italy)
8/25 - Our Lady of Mt. Berico (near Vicenza, Italy)
8/25 - Our Lady of Rossano (in Calavria, Italy)
9/7. Our Lady of Consolata (Turin, Italy)
9/15 Mater Dolorosa (Apulia, Italy)
9/16 - Our Lady of Good News (Sicily).
9/17 - Our Lady of the Candles
10/2 - Our Lady of the Assumption (Naples, Italy)
10/3 - Our Lady of the Place (Rome)
10/6 - Our Lady of La Plebe (Venice, Italy)
10/27- Our Lady of La Basilla (Lombardy, Italy)
10/29 - Our Lady of Oropa (Vercelli, Italy).
11/4 - Our Lady of Port-Louis (Milan, Italy)
11/19 - Our Lady of Good News (Venice)
11/20 - Our Lady of Guard (near Bologna, Italy)
11/21 - Our Lady of Peace (Rome)
11/12 - Our Lady of the Tower Secret (Turin, Italy).
11/23 - Our Lady of the Vault (Italy)
11/25 - Our Lady of the Rock of Fiesola (near Fiezoli, Tuscany, Italy).
11/26 - Our Lady of the Mountains (Italy).
11/29 - Our Lady of the Crown (Palermo, Italy)
11/30 - Our Lady of Genesta (near Genoa, Italy)
12/9 - Our Lady of the Conception (Naples, Italy)
12/10 - Transition of the Holy House of Loretto (Italy).
12/26 - Our Lady of Acheropita (Rossano, Italy).
12/30 - Our Lady of Bologna (Italy).
Other Catholic Titles of the Madonna
Our Lady of Charity of Copper
Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Good Health
Our Lady of Good Success
Our Lady of the Lake
Our Lady of Lebanon
Our Lady of Lourdes
Our Lady of Knock
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of the Pillar*
Our Lady Queen of Peace
Our Lady of the Rosary
Our Lady of the Snows
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Solitude
Our Lady of Victory
*In a vision of St. James, the Madonna appeared atop a pillar or column, carried by angels. The shrine of Nuestra
Seņora del Pilar is in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Saragossa, Spain.
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