Our Lady of the Gates of Dawn, Mary the Mother of Mercy


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Mary the Mother of Mercy, Chapel of the Gates of Dawn in Vilnius, Lithuania
The rizas (robes), or revetments, of gilded silver, are in three separate pieces. The gown of Our Lady is embellished with flowers, in a reference to Our Lady as a ‘hortus conclusus’ or walled garden.  Many miracles have taken place after veneration of the painting – and about 8,000 votive offerings have been presented to the chapel, including the silver crescent moon at the base of the painting. The painting is believed to be of Polish origin and, unusually, represents Our Lady without the Infant Christ. The statues on either side of the painting are of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin. The chapel is an important place of pilgrimage in Lithuania and was visited by Blessed John Paul II in 1993.
In the third week of November every year – in 2012, from 11th to 18th of November, the Indulgenced Feast of the Merciful Mother of God at the Gates of Dawn takes place in Vilnius. The general prayer intention for the indulgenced octave is  “To be brave witnesses of faith in the contemporary world”. The octave is centered around the Feast of the Holy Virgin Mary of the Gates of Dawn, the Mother of God’s Mercy on November 16th and is the most important feast in the Archdiocese of Vilnius.

[Image by Albertus teolog licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported2.5 Generic2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic licence.]

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