Our Lady of Aparecida

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In October of 1717, three Brazilian fishermen were out fishing, in order to supply a banquet the townspeople of Guaratinguetá were giving in honor of a visiting nobleman. Since it was outside the season for finding fish, they prayed to the Immaculate Conception for help.

After many hours of coming up empty, the fishermen were about to give up. They cast in their net one last time and brought up the body of a terra cotta statue. Casting their net again, they brought up the head. They cleaned the statue, which turned out to be an image of the Immaculate Conception. Naming the statue “Our Lady Aparecida” (Our Lady who appeared), the fisherman wrapped it in cloth and cast their nets again. This time, they caught so many fish their boat was in danger of sinking.

The statue came to be associated with many miracles brought about by the intercession of the Blessed Mother, and was an object of veneration. A prayer chapel was built; when that became too small, a church was built on the hill of the Coqueiros, around which a village sprang up. When the crowds outgrew that church, a new and bigger one was built; it was given the title of minor basilica in 1908. An even bigger basilica was begun in the 1950s; today, it is the second largest place of Catholic worship in the world, after St. Peter’s, and the largest Marian shrine. Our Lady of Aparecida is the patroness of Brazil, the largest Catholic nation in the world.

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  1. Mother Mary has always been there for me,and may she continue 2 intercede for me and my family inspite of my short comings.

  2. Give us strength, light, and inspiration …envuelve a toda la humanidad y el planeta en tu manto azul…segun te vistes rodeada de monta~as azules y con luz azul sobre tu cbeza

  3. My dearest mother: I have two urgent petitions.

    one, please help me see my parents live a happier life. And two, help me to meet a good man to share my life with.

    thank you for interceesing for me. Help me to strenghten my faith.

  4. May our lady guard her flock and lead many to revitalize the church in brazil.

    I have a Mormon friend who did his mission in brazil and told me that he lead many to his faith and that it is the third largest population of Mormons in the world behind the US and mexico, and is growing. Our lady is the best guard and helper against this, may her intercession be strong and obvious to this flock of brethren that we have.

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  7. Please take care of my husband during this hard time. Please help us find a resolution so all of this can be over. Please keep us safe. Also I pray for my good friend who lost her son recently give her the strength to endure this. I pray for her family as well. Amen

  8. I would hardly consider Brazil a Catholic nation anymore. With so much “Spiritism,” various “prosperity gospel’ variety sects, Candomblé, Macumba and other neo-pagan religions, Catholics are little more than 30% of the population if even that. We need Mary’s intercession so that Jesus will take back Brazil from the claws of the enemy. Crime, corruption, violence…. The Catholic Church needs more missionaries here for URBAN evangelization. The WYD 2013 helped but … it wasn’t enough.

  9. Dearest Blessed Mother Mary, our Lady of Fatima prayer Group II, Northlake, Illinois – Chapter, I offer and Surrender all of us, to Thy care. Kindly keep us all and wrap us all unto Thy mantle,that we all could all fulfill all our duties and obligations,as God, Thy beloved Son Jesus, planned and designed for all of us, officers, members, and all Hosting families of our prayer group. Please sustain, maintain and preserve our prayer group, to be very fruitfull, multiply and increase us in our prayer group. Bless each and everyone of us, to be worthy children of God. And I thank You Lord, thru Mary, our beloved Mother. Amen !!!

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  11. Dear Mother, I lift up Baby Eliyana for her healing and to be with her wonderful family in good health – Amen.

    I pray for my nieces, nephews and their children. My brothers and sisters and in-laws as well as my daughter, husband and myself. Mama Mary – Pray for us – Amen

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