Monday, April 18, 2016
366 Project - Day 109 - "Our Lady of Fatima"
April 18, 2016 - "Our Lady of Fatima"
Tonight my parish - St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Roman Catholic Church in Brookfield, CT - is hosting the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima - as part of the "Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace". The statue arrived at 6:00PM and will be at our church until 5:00AM tomorrow morning.
The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima has been associated with miraculous healing and conversions - and has also been found to cry tears which have been analyzed to be human tears. It has been on a constant pilgrimage since it was carved almost 70 years ago - to the specifications of Sister Lucia, who was one of the three children who witnessed the Appearance of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal in May of 1917.
Hosting this statue is a tremendous honor for our parish. Our church was packed with a standing-room-only crowd... which was larger even than the most recent Christmas and Easter masses I attended. Tonight we celebrated Mass... prayed the Rosary... and then spent time in Eucharistic Adoration - as well as veneration of Our Lady.
I spent almost four hours with Our Lady. I took many photos - and this is far from being the best of them - yet it seemed to be a "special" one for me. This was taken as I knelt at the base of the statue in prayer. You can see the Monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament on the altar, to the left of Our Lady. Her shadow was cast upon the ceiling - where there is an image of the dove of the Holy Spirit, which her shadow enveloped.
Tonight was one of the most beautiful and spiritually powerful moments of my entire life. I cannot even begin to tell you what I experienced tonight. All I can say is:
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
Blessed art thou among women,
and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy...
Our life, Our sweetness and Our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us...
and after this - our exile - show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus...
O clement! O loving! O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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For more information about the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima - visit www.pilgrimvirginstatue.com
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