Tag Archives: Ex Votos

Prayer for Lighting a Candle

Last night when I went into the chapel the sanctuary lamp was about to burn out. So I went and got a new candle for it. I was surprised to see the prayer that was printed on the outside of … Continue reading

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Mixed Media Mary

Here is a locally-popular image of the Blessed Mother – enshrined in the wall above the high altar – in the main church of the town of Rocca di Papa, across the lake from Castel Gandolfo. It is fairly small, … Continue reading

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The St. Peregrine That We Know

While out and about after my class this afternoon, I stumbled upon a chapel dedicated to the St. Peregrine that we are most familiar with – not that “other one” that I posted about recently! As usual, it was rather … Continue reading

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Crazy Catholics Celebrate Chair!

Today, February 22nd, is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. A chair!? At first – and especially to outsiders – this feast might seem like the ultimate in Catholic esoterica. But when we drill into the meaning of … Continue reading

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Ex Votos and Double Negatives

I was having a geeky discussion with a friend and colleague this morning about double negatives. In some languages, such as Italian and Spanish, they exist and are quite normal and correct for expressing something in the negative (for example, … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Lourdes

In the midst of our remembrances of Pope Benedict XVI’s historic resignation, let’s not forget that today is also the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES O holy Virgin, in the midst of your … Continue reading

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Lesser-Known Roman Churches, Part IX

To see the other posts in the series, click here. Today we look at an enormous church that is located roughly between the Vatican and the Spanish Steps: the Basilica dei Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso (Basilica of Saints … Continue reading

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Blessing of the Throats

In the Church’s rich liturgical tradition there used to be a whole host of special blessings celebrated throughout the year. Few of these remain in popular usage (though it is still possible to celebrate most of them), yet the ones … Continue reading

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Mother of the Church

Here is the icon (in mosaic) of Our Lady, Mother of the Church that overlooks Saint Peter’s Square. Blessed Pope John Paul II had it installed there as an ex voto after he survived the assassination attempt of 1981. Last … Continue reading

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Lesser-Known Roman Churches, Part VII

For the whole series, click here. Today we look at the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte (St. Andrew’s at the Thickets), dedicated to St. Andrew the Apostle. The current building dates to the 17th century, though it took quite a while … Continue reading

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Answered Prayers

From the archives, a more recent ex voto in the Basilica of Our Lady of Victories, Paris. Translation below the photograph. “The student had recourse to you. The young doctor thanks you. 2006.”

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The Treasures of Naples

Fr. Blake posted yesterday about a new exhibit being hosted here in Rome: The Treasures of Naples. It is a collection of priceless works of art, some of which I think have rarely been seen by the public, that originate … Continue reading

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