May 21, August 26 – Madonna of Saint Luke: Patron Saint of Italy

Saint Mary, Madonna of Saint Luke, Patron Saint of  Italy (Feast Dates: August 26, May 21)

Extract from St Luke Madonna, 1435-40 by Rogier van der WEYDEN: “Rogier created another great work during his early period in Brussels, roughly between the middle of the 1430s and the beginning of the 1440s: the painting of St Luke Drawing a Portrait of the Virgin, known as the St Luke Madonna. St Luke the Evangelist was also the first Christian painter, and had painted the Virgin Mary from life. As a consequence he was the patron saint of painters, and in many towns and cities was regarded as patron of their guilds. As a result, most of the major pictures of St Luke were destined for the altars of these communities; Rogier’s painting was probably an altarpiece for the Brussels guild.” See picture of The Black Madonna of Częstochowa. See picture of Our Lady of Vladimir. See also: August 26 – Our Lady of Czestochowa: Patron Saint of Poland, Saint Luke painting the Virgin (Multilingual), Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin (Multilingual), Sanctuary of the Madonna of Saint Luke – Bologna, Italy, October 18 – Saint Luke, Slave, Patron Saint of Physicians (Multilingual), Our Lady of Vladimir (EN).


 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, the Madonna of St. Luke on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Vioent Protests in Rome, Italy (October 15, 2011) (Europe)  See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 24 – November 7, 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.


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