In 1970, a
pilgrim visiting the Shrine of San De Marco, Italy, had a vision
of a woman who told him to take a picture of the setting sun. Having
a simple Polaroid camera, he only saw the sunset when he snapped
this picture. When the picture was developed, this image of the
Blessed Virgin Mary appeared (note the sunset at the lower right
of the picture. This image was taken from a home-made Christmas
Card, and scanned December 24, 1997. The photographer is unknown.
The same photograph of Mary, Mother of God,
reduced and rendered though Photoshop in an effort to remove
artifacts and to enhance the clarity of the actual photograph:
Ave, Regina Caelorum,
Ave, Domina Angelorum:
Salve, radix, salve, porta
Ex qua mundo lux et orta.
O Queen of Heaven.
Hail, O Lady of Angels
Hail thou root, hail thou gate
From whom unto the world, a Light has arisen
To listen to the beautiful
12th century antiphon,
click the image above:
I have presumed
to take Thee unto me!
Thou first had taken me to Thee.
If I am speechless,
breathless love ...
this heart from out of me!
Lest I should
die, seize thou this shattered heart
the whispered knowing of my love.
... I am a
fool ... and would you love me still?
Do not tell
me, either way lest I
surely come to die!
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Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with
Thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of
thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Ave Maria, gratia
plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in
mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria,
Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.
Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have
recourse to thee. Amen.