Our Lady of Aparecida
The original image of Our Lady of Aparecida is a statue that was discovered by fishermen from Guaratinguetá in Brazil.
According to tradition, in 1717 three fishermen were sent to fish for a feast celebrating the local church and civic leaders. They prayed to Our Lady after finding no fish, and immediately after praying their nets brought up a statue of the Virgin Mary. After this, they caught many fish.
The statue was venerated as Our Lady of the Conception Who Appeared. It has found particular devotion among Afro-Brazilians.
The original statue of Our Lady of Aparecida is wrapped in a stiff, blue cloak that is embroidered with gold thread. The Brazilian and Vatican flags are stitched onto the cloak, and an Imperial crown sits on her head.
In this icon, Our Lady of Aparecida is shown in her traditional blue robe and crown, decorated with stones, and emblazoned with the flags of Brazil and the Vatican. Brazil has the largest Catholic population of any country in the world, with more than 175 million Catholics as of 2020.
This image is one of a group of eight commissioned for the Duke University Newman Center. The priest sponsoring this project wanted to feature the Marian apparitions which were most important to students from different countries around the world. Students from many countries were interviewed to select these eight apparitions of Our Lady. Together, the display is called Our Lady of The World, and the many ways that Our Lady has appeared to us remind us of her universal motherhood to all believers.
The eight images are: Our Lady of Aparecida, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Lavang, Our Lady of Manaoag, Our Lady of Kibeho, Our Lady of Vilankanni, Our lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe. AMDG!
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