MARY, OUR MOTHER

Monday, April 20, 2015

The miracle of the Virgin of Sorrows - A Moment with Mary




* April 20 – Our Lady of Sorrows (Quito, Ecuador)   * The miracle of the Virgin of Sorrows  ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

April 20 – Our Lady of Sorrows (Quito, Ecuador)  

The miracle of the Virgin of Sorrows



The image of Our Lady of Sorrows with its heart pierced by seven swords representing Mary’s seven sorrows, found in Quito (Ecuador), is one of the best known images of the Mother of Sorrows.

Ecuador’s history has been marked by anti-Catholic revolutions. In 1906, secularism was proclaimed by the anti-clerical National Assembly; religious events were banned, diocesan and religious property confiscated. It was during that year that the persecution of the Church reached its height. It was also in the same year that the miracle of Our Lady of Sorrows occurred.

On April 20, 1906, in the Jesuit College of Saint Gabriel of Quito, the Virgin Mary showed her presence by blinking in a painting of Our Lady of Sorrows at the thirty-five college students who were present in the room.

The boys who were the witnesses
of the movement of the eyes in the picture of Our Lady of Quito


Seven days later, the Church authorities launched the canonical process, and on May 31st of that year, the people of Quito heard the conclusions of the ecclesiastical authorities, establishing the incidence of April 20th at the Jesuit College as historically true. The college has now become a Marian shrine and the painting is carried all over the country.

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