Saint Mary, Our Lady of Pompeii: Patron Saint of Italy (Feast Date: May 8, First Sunday in October)
Extract from Our Lady of Pompeii – Marypages: “A young girl from Naples, Fortuna Agrelli, was suffering from a painful, incurable disease. She had been given up by the most celebrated physicians. On February 16, 1884, the afflicted girl and her relatives commenced a novena of Rosaries. The Queen of the Holy Rosary favoured her with an apparition on March 3rd. Mary, sitting upon a high throne, surrounded by luminous figures, held the Divine child on her lap, and in her hand a Rosary. The Virgin Mother and the holy Infant were clad in gold-embroidered garments. They were accompanied by St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena. Fortuna marveled at the beauty of Mary and asked her as “Queen of the Rosary,” for her cure. Mary replied that, since she had called her by a title that was so pleasing to her, she could not refuse her request; she then told her to make three novenas of the rosary to obtain all she asked for. The child was indeed cured, and soon after Mary appeared to her again saying: “Whosoever desires to obtain favors from me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary in petition and three novenas in thanksgiving.” This is how the Rosary Novena devotion to Mary originated. In 1883, a sanctuary was built for the image and consecrated in 1891. Many miracles are attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Pompeii. The image of Our Lady of Pompeii represents Our Lady of the Rosary as Queen of Heaven. She and her Son, Jesus, are handing out Rosaries to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena. The Pompeii portrait is derived from the Eastern icon style of the 6th century.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Pompeii. See also: Bartolo Longo (Multilingual), Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei (Multilingual), Our Lady of Pompeii (EN), Our Lady of Pompeii (EN) A PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF POMPEII.
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Pompeii on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Mudslides in Italy (Winter, 2011) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 6 – December 19, 2011.
That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary: