Our Lady of Aparecida
Our Lady of Aparecida (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora Aparecida), usually referred to as the Aparecida Virgin or Black Virgin, is the patron saint of Brazil, venerated in the Catholic Church. A dark-skinned Marian apparition, Our Lady of Aparecida is represented by a small wooden statue housed in the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, which is the second most visited Marian shrine in the world, being able to hold up to 45,000 worshippers. Her feast day is celebrated on October 12, which has been observed as a national holiday since Pope John Paul II consecrated the Basilica in 1980.
- Lady Aparecida, a son of yours who belongs to you unreservedly – "totus tuus" – called by the mysterious plan of Providence to be the Vicar of your Son on earth, wishes to address you at this moment. He recalls with emotion, because of the brown color of this image of yours, another image of yours, the Black Virgin of Jasna Gora.
- Mother of God and our Mother, protect the Church, the Pope, the bishops, the priests and all the faithful people; welcome under your protecting mantle men and women religious, families, children, young people, and their educations.
- Health of the sick and Consoler of the afflicted, comfort those who are suffering in body and soul; be the light of those who are seeking Christ, the Redeemer of all; show all people that you are the Mother of our confidence.
- Queen of Peace and Mirror of Justice, obtain peace for the world, ensure that Brazil and all countries may have lasting peace, that we will always live together as brothers and sisters and as children of God.
- Our Lady Aparecida, bless all your sons and daughters who pray and sing to you here and elsewhere. Amen.
- Prayer to Our Lady of Aparecida.
About Our Lady of Aparecida
- Can God, the creator of the universe, be compared to such an ugly, horrible, disgraceful doll?