Marble pavement design of the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Custonaci, in Custonaci, Trapani, a capital of marble quarrying in Italy
The Whites of Their Eyes
Do you see the fervor in their faces? It’s real. It’s authentic. It’s a true moment of Sicily many won’t see. However, you can experience this ritual for the Madonna del Lume up close with us at Experience Sicily on Day 12 of Savoring Sicily, September 22-October 4. Claim your spot in the church by emailing me…
Today, Celebrate the Women in Your Life
Madonna and child, Palermo Cathedral.
Contemporary Art for an Ancient Icon
The spectacular and colorful Sanctuary, “il Santuario della Madonna del Tindari,” was built in the 20th century to accommodate the flow of pilgrims coming to see the iconic statue of Tindari’s “Madonna Bruna” or Black Madonna. This mural is from the dome above the church’s main altar. September 8 is the feast day in honor…
Celebrating the Black Madonna of Tindari
Thousands of pilgrims are expected on Monday, September 7 at the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna of Tindari. The town of Patti is even planning to close down one side of State Highway 113 to accommodate all the devotees expected to participate in the multiple masses, the solemn evening procession of the iconic Madonna Nera…
Erice and Custonaci’s Mother Goddess
This week of Ferragosto in Erice, they are venerating their patron saint, the Madonna di Custonaci (pictured), with their annual week-long Festa della Madonna. It’s important to know that Ferragosto is another name for The Assumption, the feast celebrating when the Virgin Mother ascended to Heaven. In other words, there are feasts for the Madonna…
Altar for the Madonna, Taormina.
Merry Christmas! Buon Natale! Mother and child, Maria S.S. di Conadomini, Patron Saint of Caltagirone also known as “Our Lady of the Bread” in recognition of her protection of farmers and their crops. May peace be with you, your family, and loved-ones this Christmas!
Madonna and Child
Madonna and Child set in the midst of the Baroque church San Giuseppe dei Teatini in Palermo.
On September 15, the town of Terme Vigliatore in Messina province celebrates their patron saint Maria delle Grazie (Our Lady of Grace) with a solemn procession and feast. Maria, or Mary, has many different titles, but they all apply to the mother of Jesus. So, Maria delle Grazie or Mary of the Graces is another…