Vintage French Chalkware Madonna Bernadette Lourdes
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Bernadette Soubirous was a 14-year-old poor peasant girl living in Lourdes, France, when on February 11, 1858, she experienced a vision of a beautiful woman in the Grotto of Massabielle. The lady appeared to Bernadette eighteen times over the next six months and identified herself as the Immaculate Conception. Catholics believe this to be an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. She was wearing a blue sash around her waist, a rosary on her arm and had roses at her feet. The spring water from the grotto is also believed to possess healing properties and the Catholic Church has recognized 67 miracle healings from it.
During the process of canonization, the body of Saint Bernadette was exhumed three times and was found to be miraculously incorrupt without any decomposition or smell. She was canonized in 1933 and is known as the patron saint of sick persons, of the family, and of poverty.
Since the apparitions, Lourdes has become one of the world’s leading Catholic pilgrimage sites, with an estimated 200 million pilgrims since 1860, and 4 – 6 million visitors annually. Pope John Paul II visited the shrine twice and Pope Benedict XVI visited in September 2008 to mark the 150th anniversary.
Overall Condition is Used - Good. This item shows normal wear consistent with age and use.
Overall measurements (inches)
11H x 7.50W x 4D .
Dates to circa
- Newberry, South Carolina
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- Width: 7.5 inches
- Height: 11 inches
- Depth: 4 inches
- Weight: 2.74 pounds
- Used - Good. See description for more details.