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May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary

May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary

There is no firm structure as to the content of May devotions. It usually includes the singing of Marian anthems, readings from scriptures, and a sermon. Although prayers likely include the recitation of the Hail Mary, the rosary itself is not usually a part of this particular devotion. Catholics offer Mary special honor in May: pilgrimages, visits to churches dedicated to her, little sacrifices in her honor, periods of study and well-finished work offered up… Continue Reading

Annual apparition of Our Lady to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo

The visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo had daily apparitions from June 24th 1981 to December 25th 1982. During the last daily apparition, Our Lady gave her the 10th secret, and told her that she would appear to her once a year, on the 18th of March. It has been this way through the years. Several thousand pilgrims gathered in prayer of the Rosary. The apparition to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo lasted from 13:50 to 13:56. Dear children! With a… Continue Reading

The great Duomo Organ in the Milan Cathedral

The great Duomo Organ in the Milan cathedral remains firmly in second place in Europe for the number of pipes. And ranks (only to the instrument in Passau cathedral in Germany surpasses it). And it is one of the fifteen largest organs in the world. It was built in 1938 by the Mascioni firm of Cuvio (Varese) and by Tamburini of Crema, and was restored and repositioned entirely in the Presbytery by Tamburini in 1986…. Continue Reading

What and where is Madonnina?

The symbol of the city and patroness of the Milanese people, the Madonnina was raised onto the main spire of Milan’s Duomo in late December 1774: the huge statue is composed of embossed and gilded copper plates, supported by a framework which is now in stainless steel. Madonnina – Origin and history The first record of a proposal to place a statue of the Virgin Mary on the main spire can be found in a… Continue Reading

Marian Pilgrimage route from France to Spain

The Marian Pilgrimage route from France to Spain is an itinerary of cultural and religious interest that links up the sanctuaries of: Our Lady of the El Pilar – Zaragoza, Spain Torreciudad sanctuary -Huesca, Spain Montserrat sanctuary – Barcelona, Spain Meritxell – Andorra Lourdes – France Guided by the faith, spirituality and Marian Devotion, the itinerary possesses a great wealth in touristic spaces, nature, architecture, gastronomy or charming villages with a special enchantment. The route… Continue Reading

What is the Sacred Heart of Jesus meaning and history?

Heart of Jesus – Fountain of life and love The history of the devotion to the Heart of Jesus is very rich and extraordinary. Nobody finds it strange that it may be said that the first devotee of the Heart of Jesus was St. John. It is he who tells us that “one of the soldiers thrust a lance into His side and immediately blood and water flowed out” (Jn 19, 34): water, symbol of… Continue Reading

How to do Lectio Divina and What are the steps of Lectio Divina with examples

Lectio Divina What is Lectio Divina? The ancient practice of Lectio Divina literally means “divine reading” and is a method of prayer, study, and meditation fundamental to Benedictine life since the 6th century. Traditionally practiced individually and privately, the Lectio Divina approaches the study and prayer of scripture as something to be calmly and carefully absorbed and understood. The ultimate goal to this spiritual technique is to spend some time, physically and mentally, with God… Continue Reading

Scala Santa – Steps in Rome that Jesus walked on. With Sancta Sanctorum chapel. See time and hours

Scala Santa There is no pilgrim who has come to Rome without desiring to visit the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs. It is one of the most important and renowned sanctuaries in the Roman Catholic Church. Situated near the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the Sanctuary houses the Sancta Sanctorum, recognized as the first private Papal chapel. The sanctuary gets its name from the 28 marble steps of the Holy Stairs. According to an… Continue Reading

What is a Minor and Major Basilica?

Basilicas in this canonical sense are divided into major and minor basilicas. Today only four, all in Rome, are classified as major basilicas: These four major basilicas are distinguished by their having a holy door and for being prescribed as destinations for visits as one of the conditions for gaining the Roman Jubilee. Only the Pope and his delegatees may celebrate mass at the high altar. What is a Minor basilica? By canon law no… Continue Reading