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The Many Depictions of the Virgin Mary

The month of May celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary. During this month Christians, both in church and in their homes, offer up to Mary from their hearts loving prayers and worship. It is befitting that, as the Mother of God and Queen in Heaven, Mary has numerous titles and names.

She has revealed herself to us through centuries of Catholic artwork in various images. It is fascinating that one person can have so many titles, but how else could we grasp the greatness of Our Lady merely by her given name?

Churches, shrines, and cathedrals have been erected in her honor, all of them with different names and representations of the Blessed Mother. These are some of the most popular titles that Mary is known by and the story behind the meaning of each.

Our lady of sorrows maria dolorosa

Our Lady Maria Dolorosa is the image of the Virgin Mary Mother as she witnessed her son Jesus Christ crucified on Mount Calvary.

Our Lady Maria Dolorosa

Our Lady Maria Dolorosa is an image of the Virgin Mary with her heart pierced by swords. Also known as Our Lady of Sorrows, she is often surrounded by jewels and flaming hearts and is depicted with a sword piercing her own heart. Our Lady Maria Dolorosa is the image of the Virgin Mary Mother as she witnessed her son Jesus Christ crucified on Mount Calvary.

Maria Dolorosa is always depicted with an expression of deep sadness on her face and a sword piercing her heart. She evokes the suffering of a mother for the death of her child, and the suffering of the Mother of Mankind for the sins and sorrows of the world. She is the Patron Saint of the Congregation of the Holy Cross and of the state of Mississippi.

She wears colors of white and blue, with a gold halo around her head. Her devotees call on Her for healing from sorrow and disappointment, especially in love; for bringing love into their lives and to mend their broken dreams. Her feast day is September 15th. Wear La Dolorosa perfume to petition the Virgin Dolorosa to answer your prayers. Place a Dolorosa prayer card on your altar and burn a 7 Day La Dolorosa candle to ease your suffering.

Virgin Regla

Virgin Regla, also known as Our Lady of Regla or the Virgin of Rule, holds a long-standing association with safety and protection, especially among seafarers and those living near the sea. According to legend, Saint Augustine himself commissioned the original statue of the Virgin Regla in North Africa before it was transferred to Spain.

Over time, devotion to the Virgin Regla spread to the Caribbean and Latin America, where she became intertwined with the Afro-Cuban deity Yemaya, goddess of the sea. In Cuba, she is celebrated with an annual procession in the town of Regla. Practitioners pray to her for safe travels, protection against natural disasters, and spiritual guidance.

Historically, the monastery of Our Lady of Regla was founded in Chipiona, Spain, in 1399. The statue of the Virgin Regla, believed to have been transported from Africa, found a spiritual home there, where sailors and travelers alike sought her intercession.

In Cuba, her veneration blended with Yoruba beliefs, transforming her into Yemaya, the nurturing mother who controls the sea and protects her children. The Virgin Regla's image reflects her universal appeal; she wears a crown, holds the infant Jesus in her arms, and stands atop the globe.

Today, her significance transcends religious boundaries. Fishermen and those embarking on sea journeys seek her blessings for safe passage, while communities threatened by hurricanes and floods light candles and pray to her for guidance and protection. Additionally, those seeking fertility, wisdom, and general protection turn to her for solace and hope, finding strength in her divine presence.

To invoke her blessings and protection burn an Our Lady of Regla Prayer Candle as a focal point for prayers seeking safe travels, fertility, and wisdom.

Our lady of mercy shrine

The Virgin Mercedes draws the prayers of those seeking guidance in matters of mercy and justice, and solace in moments of hardship.

Virgin Mercedes

The Virgin of Mercy, also known as Our Lady of Mercy, the Virgin Mercedes, or La Merced, is depicted holding the infant Jesus and symbolizes compassion, freedom, and solace. Her origin story is tied to Saint Peter Nolasco, who founded the Mercedarian Order in 1218 to rescue Christians enslaved by Moors. In his vision, he saw the Virgin Mary, who encouraged him to establish the Order of Mercy, a congregation dedicated to the redemption of captives. The Virgin Mercedes became the spiritual mother and protector of the Order and was depicted in the distinctive white habit with a red cross on her chest.

She became the patron saint of the Dominican Republic and Barcelona, Spain, where her devotees affectionately call her "La Morenita" due to her dark complexion. Her significance transcends borders and centuries, embodying mercy and the divine intervention of freedom.

As a beloved figure, the Virgin Mercedes draws the prayers of those seeking deliverance from spiritual and physical captivity, guidance in matters of mercy and justice, and solace in moments of hardship. Her feast day celebrated on September 24th, brings a wave of hope and unity, especially in the Dominican Republic, where she is venerated with vibrant processions, masses, and communal meals.

For those who seek her intercession, lighting a Virgin Mercedes Candle can be a powerful way to offer prayers and invite her protective presence. Virgin Mercedes Bath & Floor Wash purifies the spirit and home, invoking her mercy and divine assistance.

Through prayers and rituals dedicated to the Virgin Mercedes, devotees find comfort, guidance, and renewed faith in her unwavering protection and love. Her image, whether as a statue or a medal, serves as a focal point for heartfelt prayers, embodying her enduring promise of mercy and freedom.

Virgin Providencia

The Virgin of Providence, or Our Lady of Providence, is the patron saint of Puerto Rico. Her iconic image, painted by Scipione Pulzone around 1580, depicts her holding the infant Jesus cradling a globe, symbolizing God's care and providence. The symbolism of this image radiates the boundless love and protection that Mary offers to her devotees. In the painting, the Virgin's serene face and gentle embrace of the infant Jesus embody divine maternal care, while the globe represents her universal guardianship over humanity.

Her statue was brought to Puerto Rico in the 19th century by the Servants of Mary, a religious order dedicated to Marian devotion. This act paved the way for her widespread veneration on the island. In 1969, she became the island's official patroness. The faithful turn to her for divine care, providence, and protection in times of need. Her feast day on November 19th is a vibrant celebration marked by processions, prayer vigils, and communal festivities.

For those seeking her intercession, wearing a Virgin Providencia Bracelet keeps her grace close, offering a tangible reminder of her protection throughout the day. Her devotees pray to her for divine care, providence, and protection in times of need. Whether seeking guidance, healing, or simply reassurance, the Virgin of Providence stands as a beacon of hope, her gentle smile illuminating the path forward.

Virgen de candelaria

Our Lady of Candelaria protects against natural disasters, provides guidance in times of uncertainty, and brings light to those in darkness.

The Virgin of Candelaria

The Virgin of Candelaria, or Our Lady of the Candles, is the patron saint of the Canary Islands. She is traditionally depicted holding the infant Jesus while holding a candle. Her feast day, February 2nd, is known as the Feast of the Presentation. Her title stems from the Spanish word for candle, "candela," representing her role as the light of Christ in the world. She is honored with large pilgrimages to the Basilica of Candelaria in Tenerife, where people seek her intercession for divine light and guidance in their lives.

The origins of her veneration are steeped in mystery and legend. According to local lore, two Guanche shepherds discovered her statue on the shore of Tenerife in the 14th century, long before the Spanish conquest of the islands. The indigenous Guanches revered her as a divine protector, and she became woven into their spiritual tapestry. When the Spanish arrived, the image of Our Lady of Candelaria was embraced by both cultures, symbolizing unity and spiritual guidance. She became known as "La Morenita," a reference to her dark complexion, believed to be a miraculous manifestation of divine love.

Her feast day, also known as the Feast of the Presentation or Candlemas, is celebrated with great fervor. Thousands of pilgrims travel to the Basilica, offering candles and prayers for her blessings. The faithful believe that Our Lady of Candelaria protects against natural disasters, provides guidance in times of uncertainty, and brings light to those in darkness.

For those who wish to invoke her blessings at home, lighting a Virgen del la Candelaria Candle serves as a beacon of hope and a channel for her divine intercession. Placing her statue on a personal altar allows her light to shine within the home, offering protection and spiritual guidance. Wearing a Virgin Candelaria Medal provides a daily reminder of her grace, enveloping the wearer in her comforting embrace.

La Milagrosa

La Milagrosa, or the Miraculous Virgin, is intimately linked to the miraculous medal designed by Saint Catherine Labouré after an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1830. In her vision, Saint Catherine saw the Virgin Mary standing on a globe, with rays of light extending from her outstretched hands, symbolizing the graces she bestows upon those who ask. Around her head, the words "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee" formed a brilliant halo, reflecting her immaculate nature and unwavering love.

La Milagrosa's image symbolizes miracles and divine grace. The Miraculous Medal, also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, carries her promise of blessings and protection for those who wear it faithfully. It is believed that the rays of light represent the graces available to everyone, while the absence of rays on some fingers signifies the graces not yet asked for. Her feast day, celebrated on November 27, is a poignant reminder of the Virgin Mary's compassionate intercession and miraculous power.

Through prayers and rituals dedicated to La Milagrosa, devotees find solace and strength in her unwavering love, believing that her grace can heal, guide, and protect. Her rays of light shine brightly, illuminating the hearts of all who seek her miraculous touch.

Our lady of loreto

The Virgin Loretto's veneration as the patron saint of aviation and travelers offers solace and guidance to those embarking on journeys.

Virgin Loretto

The Virgin Loretto, revered as the guardian of the Santa Casa in Loreto, Italy, holds a significant place in Christian tradition. The Santa Casa is believed to be the very house where Mary, the mother of Jesus, resided and the sacred site of the Annunciation.

According to tradition, angels miraculously transported this Holy House from Nazareth to Loreto to shield it from Muslim invasions. The Virgin Loretto thus became a symbol of divine protection and miraculous intervention.

Her veneration as the patron saint of aviation and travelers reflects this protective spirit, offering solace and guidance to those embarking on journeys. Each year on December 10, her feast day is celebrated with devotion, reminding the faithful of her unwavering care for all who seek safe passage.

For those who wish to incorporate the Virgin Loretto into their prayers and rituals, a Virgin Loretto Prayer Candle can be burned to offer blessings for a new home. A Virgin Loretto statue, crafted in resin, stands nine inches tall and serves as a focal point for prayers seeking peace and protection. These sacred items invite individuals to deepen their connection with the Virgin Loretto, invoking her providence and blessings in daily life

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, also known as Virgen del Carmen, holds a revered position as the patroness of the Carmelite Order. Tradition asserts that in the 13th century, she bestowed the Scapular upon Saint Simon Stock, offering a tangible symbol of her maternal protection. The Scapular, a sacramental, signifies the wearer's devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and their unwavering commitment to her guardianship.

As a visible expression of spiritual dedication, the Scapular represents a bond between the faithful and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, embodying the ideals of faith, prayer, and fidelity. Her feast day celebrated on July 16th, draws countless devotees seeking her intercession for protection, spiritual guidance, and deliverance from sin. With her nurturing presence, she inspires the faithful to persevere in their spiritual journey, offering solace and hope amid life's trials.

A seven-day Virgen del Carmen Prayer Candle can be lit to invoke her protection and guidance, allowing devotees to focus their prayers for divine intervention.

Caridad del cobre

Caridad Del Cobre embodies love, hope, and charity, offering solace and strength to those who seek her aid.

Our Lady of Charity

Our Lady of Charity, known affectionately as Caridad Del Cobre, holds a revered position as the patron saint of Cuba. Her feast day on September 8th is a moment of profound devotion for Cubans and others who honor her intercession.

Legend tells the miraculous story of three fishermen who were caught in a violent storm at sea when the Virgin appeared, calming the turbulent waters and guiding them safely to shore. This miraculous intervention is forever memorialized in her statue, which depicts her holding the infant Jesus while standing gracefully on a crescent moon, surrounded by cherubic angels.

She embodies love, hope, and charity, offering solace and strength to those who seek her aid. Practitioners pray to her for protection, healing, and familial harmony, trusting in her maternal care.

An Our Lady of Charity Prayer Candle invites her blessings for love, abundance, and healing. The Our Lady of Charity Bell serves as a ritual tool to call upon her divine presence and is believed to enhance prayers with its clear, resonant sound. For those seeking to carry her blessings throughout their day, the Crusellas Caridad del Cobre Cologne provides a fragrant reminder of her protection and care. These items offer a meaningful way to invoke her grace and draw closer to her divine love

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The patron saint of Mexico, Our Lady of Guadalupe is depicted with brown skin, an angel and moon at her feet, and rays of sunlight encircling her. As legend tells, Mary appeared before a poor farmer, Juan Diego on December 9, 1531. The Virgin requested that Juan Diego build a shrine in her honor. Diego went to his local bishop and informed him of his meeting with Mary. The bishop doubted his account and demanded proof of her request before he would approve building the church.

The Virgin reappeared to Juan Diego three days later. She instructed him to climb to the top of Tepeyac Hill where he would find flowers which he could bring to the bishop as proof of her request. Skeptical but loyal, Juan climbed the mountain, only to find a stunning patch of flowering roses waiting for him.

Juan took the flowers back to the bishop to show him his proof. As he opened his coat, the roses fell to the ground. The image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was imprinted on the inside. This very image is still preserved in the Basilica in Mexico City.

Those of Mexican heritage honor the patron saint’s birthday every year on December 12th. You can pay homage to the Virgin Guadalupe by lighting a Virgin Guadalupe 7 Day Saint Candle or wearing a bracelet or medal depicting her image.

Our lady of fatima

Our Lady of Fatima promised that world peace would reign supreme, and that all souls would go to Heaven if Her requests were listened to and obeyed.

Our Lady of Fatima

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three Portuguese shepherd children in the early 20th century. She radiated beams of light and was dressed in a pure white mantle edged with gold, with a beautiful rosary. Our Lady came with a message from God to every man, woman, and child.

Our Lady of Fatima promised that world peace would reign supreme, and that all souls would go to Heaven if Her requests were listened to and obeyed. She told them that war is a punishment for sin and that God would punish the world for its sins by means of war, hunger, persecution of the Church, and persecution of the Holy Father, the Pope, unless we listened to and obeyed the command of God.

May 13th is the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. On this day, her faithful followers pay homage to the many miracles she performed. Pray to Fatima when you find yourself battling unseen negative forces in your life. Place a Virgin Fatima prayer card on your altar and burn an Our Lady of Fatima candle to petition this almighty Virgin to guide you in your time of need.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

This is the title given to the image of Mary as depicted in a Byzantine icon. The icon has been in Rome since 1499 and is now permanently located at the church of Sant'Alfonso di Liguori. In this portrayal, Our Lady is pointing to the infant Jesus, showing that her purpose is to serve Him. This painting shows the Madonna and Child surrounded by the archangels Michael and Gabriel. The angels are holding the tools that would be used to crucify Jesus.

The painting is extremely moving. Baby Jesus, having glimpsed the instruments of torture the archangels are holding, runs to His mother's protection. His right foot is bare, indicating that He was so scared He ran out of his sandals.

The feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27th. Under Pope Pius XII's Pontificate, our Mother of Perpetual Help was deemed the national Patroness of the Republic of Haiti and Almoradi, Spain. In times of need, call upon the Virgin Mother by carrying an Our Lady of Perpetual Help talisman. Light a candle to summon her never-failing, ever-enduring support and assistance.

Virgen altagracia

Candles burning in the Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of La Altagracia, in Higuey, Dominican Republic.

The Virgin Altagracia

The Virgin Altagracia portrays the Virgin Mary in a nativity scene. The Dominicans see the image as exemplifying Our Lady watching over the island and the growth of Christianity there. European settlers Alfonso and Antonio Trejo brought the portrait to Santo Domingo before 1502. The brothers donated it to the parish church at Higuey. The shrine was finished in 1572 and was moved to the Basilica in 1971. The image was crowned on August 15th, 1922, during the pontificate of Pius XI.

Día de la Altagracia is celebrated on January 21st and is a national holiday in the Dominican Republic. The feast day is celebrated by festivals, religious services, and all-night vigils. Today, this celebration combines the traditions of Catholicism with the African religions. Dominicans recite prayers, play African music, dance, recite prayers, and sing hymns. Every year more than 800,000 people make the pilgrimage to the Basílica of Altagracia in Higuey. One in every twelve Dominicans is named Altagracia in honor of the patron saint.

Burn a 7 Day Virgin Altagracia Candle to petition the powerful Virgin Altagracia. Wear Virgin Altagracia perfume to call upon the protection of the Virgin Mary.

Throughout the month of May, take time to celebrate and honor the spiritual gifts that the Virgin Mary has bestowed on us all. Through contemplation and reflection, we can learn from the unconditional love and sacrifices that she made for her son and followers.