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"L'Ex-Voto" by Henri-Paul Royer, 1898 A.D.

The practice of displaying model ships in Catholic churches stems from the Middle Ages. The Latin term

Ex-Voto means "made after a vow". There are many other types of Catholic Ex-Voto objects/offerings too.

 

In 1838 A.D., a crew of 48 Catholic seamen from Brittany, on a return voyage from Newfoundland, were besieged at sea by a violent tempest. Their vessel began to take in water, and they were certain it would capsize. In common, they decided to have recourse to Our Lady of Good Haven - promising to honor Her publicly at the Church under that title, in Paimpol [Brittany], if she saved them from the certain destruction. They had barely finished their prayer, when the weather became calmer and the waves began to subside. The mariners were able to repair their sails, and catch a favorable wind, which brought them home to the coasts of Brittany.

 

Once ashore, they then recited the Litany of Loreto, and walked barefooted and bare-headed along the banks and through the streets, to the Church of Our Lady of Good Haven in Paimpol (which contained a much venerated image of Notre-Dame de Bon Port). The towns people marvelled at the sight and followed them as they walked... (Click here to read more...)

 

Detail of "Christ Crowned with Thorns"

By Girolamo Romanino1519 A.D.
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption - Naples, Italy

 

(Fasting & Abstinence to be observed for 40 days, until Holy Saturday - except Sundays)

19th c. postcard of the miraculous statue of Our Lady of the Thorn [Notre-Dame de l'Épine] shown within the Basilica constructed in Her honor [still extant] - in the village of L'Épine, Marne (France) - where she appeared in 1419 A.D. 

 

"The pilgrimage of Our Lady of the Thorn [Notre-Dame de l'Épine], near Chalons-sur-Marne, commenced in the first years of the fifteenth century. (Background): On the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation, a.d. 1419, two young shepherds leading their flocks by the side of a little chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist, perceived a bright light in the midst of a thorny bush which grew near it. The first sheep of the flock being frightened by the light, took flight; but the young lambs approached the bush; the shepherds followed their example, and discovered a small statue of the Blessed Virgin, with the Infant Jesus in her arms. The miraculous light increasing when night came, people..(Click here to read more...)

"The two brothers, Faustinus and Jovita were born of a noble family in Brescia. During the persecution under Trajan, they were led captives through various cities of Italy, in each of which they were made to endure most cruel sufferings, by reason of their brave confession of the Christian faith, which nothing could induce them to deny. At Brescia, they were for a long time confined in chains; then were exposed to wild beasts, and cast into fire, from neither of which tortures did they receive hurt or harm. From Brescia they were sent to Milan, still fettered with the same chains: and there their faith was put to the test of every torment that cruelty could devise; but, like gold that is tried by fire, their faith shone the brighter by these sufferings. After this, they were sent to Rome, where they received encouragement from Pope Evaristus; but there, also, were made to endure most cruel pains. At length, they were taken to Naples, and there, again, put to sundry tortures; after which, they were bound hand and foot, and cast into the sea; but were miraculously delivered by Angels. Many persons were converted to the true faith, by seeing their courage in suffering, and the miracles they wrought. Finally, they were led back to Brescia, at the commencement of the reign of the Emperor Adrian; there they were beheaded, and received the crown of a glorious martyrdom." (Extracted from Dom Guéranger's "The Liturgical Year – Septuagesima", Edition 1870. First posted on the Church Approved website aihmary.com.)

 

Ss. Faustinus and Jovita, Ora pro nobis!

"People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it everyday... Pray! Pray a great deal and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell for not having someone to pray and make sacrifices for them." -Our Lady of Fatima, 1917 A.D.

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