Thursday, 24 April 2008

Our Lady Around the World: Part 4

16. Japan - Our Lady of Akita

In 1973 Sister Agnes Sasagawa was praying in front of this statue at Akita in Japan. A great light appeared around the statue and it spoke to her in a beautiful voice. Our Lady gave Sister Agnes three messages. Over the next few years many people saw the statue cry and sweat, and blood came from a wound on its right hand. Sister Agnes was deaf, but was cured by Our Lady.

Our Lady of Akita, pray for us!

17. Kuwait - Our Lady of Arabia

This special statue of Our Lady was made for a Church in Kuwait. Before it was taken there it was specially blessed by Pope Pius XII. Our Lady and Jesus wear crowns blessed by Pope John XXIII. They are made of gold, diamonds, rubies and other precious stones.

Our Lady of Arabia, pray for us!

18. Lebanon - Our Lady of Lebanon

The land that is now Lebanon is very near Mary's home in Nazareth. It is believed that Our Lady visited Lebanon with Jesus. This great statue of Our Lady of Lebanon was blessed exactly one hundred years ago. Since then visitors from all over the world have come to see the statue and honour Our Lady. To get to the statue you have to climb 104 steps. The statue is 28 feet tall and weighs 20 tons. It is made of bronze and painted white.

Our Lady of Lebanon, pray for us!

19. Lithuania - Our Lady of Siluva

Four hundred years ago some shepherd children at Siluva in Lithuania saw a vision of a young woman. She held a little child and was weeping. She told them she was crying because a Church that used to stand there had been destroyed. A very old man heard about this. He remembered that when he was young he had helped a priest to bury the treasures of the old Church to protect them. Men dug at the spot he showed them and found a treasure chest. One of the things in the chest was this picture of Our Lady. Many miracles have taken place at the shrine of Our Lady of Siluva.

Our Lady of Siluva, pray for us!

20. Mexico - Our Lady of Guadalupe

In 1531 Our Lady appeared to a Mexican peasant name Juan Diego and told him she wanted a Church built there. The bishop wanted proof that Juan had seen Mary. She told Juan to go and gather roses - even though it was the wrong time of year - and take them to the bishop. He found the roses where she said, and carried them in his tilma (a kind of cloak). When he showed them to the bishop they found a miraculous painting of Our Lady on his tilma underneath the roses.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

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