Saturday, 26 April 2008

Our Lady Around the World: Part 5

21. New Zealand - Our Lady of Pukekaraka

This statue of Our Lady is at the shrine of Otaki in New Zealand. She is wearing a special Maori cloak of honour. The Maori people call her "Hine Nui O Te Ao Katoa" which means "Mary Great Mother of the Whole World". Pukekaraka means "the hill where the karaka trees grow".

Our Lady of Pukekaraka, pray for us!

Picture: The Mary Page

22. Philippines - Our Lady of La Naval

In 1643 the Philippines were attacked by the Dutch who wanted to make all the Catholics there Protestant. Five battles were fought at sea, and before each one the sailors asked Our Lady for help. Miraculously they won every time and only fifteen sailors were killed. Our Lady of La Naval is a special title for Our Lady, helper of Christian navies. She is the patroness of Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.

Our Lady of La Naval, pray for us!

23. Poland - Our Lady of Czestochowa

It is believed that this picture of Our Lady was painted by Saint Luke and taken to Europe by Saint Helena. In the middle ages it ended up at Czestochowa in Poland. The picture was stolen during a war, but the horses refused to pull the cart it was in. The thieves threw the painting out of the cart and it was damaged. If you look closely at the picture you can see the marks on Our Lady's face.

Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us!

24. Portugal - Our Lady of Fatima

In 1917 Our Lady appeared to three children at Fatima in Portugal. Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco saw her six times. She told them to pray hard for sinners and to say the Rosary. Mary promised them a miracle for her last visit. Seventy thousand people came to Fatima and saw the sun dance in the sky.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

25. Russia - Our Lady of Vladimir

This picture of Our Lady is a special type of painting called an icon. Many Christians use icons to help them to pray. The icon was kept in a place called Vladimir, but when the city of Moscow was attacked the icon was brought there to protect the city. Tamerlane, the leader of the attackers, dreamed that he saw a beautiful lady who told him to leave Russia. He realised it was Mary and took his army away. After that Our Lady of Vladimir was kept in Moscow. She saved the city twice more.

Our Lady of Vladimir, pray for us!

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