Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii
During a rare pilgrimage, the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii traveled to America from Italy. The tour was sponsored by the Pontifical Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary in the Prelature off Pompeii.
The image, also known as of Our Lady of Pompeii, represents Our Lady of the Rosary as Queen of Heaven, who holds her Son, Jesus, as they hand rosaries to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena. St. Dominic holds and contemplates the crucifix, while St. Catherine of Siena gazes in awe. The image is a beautiful reminder of how the Blessed Mother has wrapped countless Catholics in her love and prayers. The missionary image of Our Lady of Pompeii made the rounds of various dioceses in the USA strengthening the faith of the people, evoking confidence in Christ and promoting devotion to the Rosary.
Blessed Bartolo Longo, who founded the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii, Italy, is credited with enshrining the miraculous image in a small chapel there in 1875. On October 21, 1979, Pope John Paul II visited Pompeii as part of a national pilgrimage to Our Lady of Pompeii. On October 26, 1980, Barrtolo Longo was beautified by Pope John Paul II and called “the Man of the Madonna” and “the Apostle of the Rosary”.
On October 7, 1571, the battle of Lepanto took place. Pope St. Pius V asked Europeans to pray for Our Lady’s intercession for a favorable outcome. The reason St. Pius V instituted the feats of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7 is because “the Virgin Mary of the Rosary made us victors”.
This special image was blessed by the Archbishop of Pompeii and is a replica of the original painting in the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii, Italy. It is only the third image of its kind in the world. The Shrine to Our Lady of the Rosary in Bonne Terre, MO was blessed to become the custodian of this image. This special painting is available to travel to parishes to help spread the devotion of the Rosary. Call (314) 562-5927 to have the image visit your parish.