Our Lady of Tears
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In Siricusa, Sicily there lived a simple couple named Angelo and Antonia Giusto. 
As a wedding gift, they were given a plaster plaque of the Immaculate Conception. Angelo and Antonia were not a particularly devout couple. While attending Mass on Sundays seemed to be about the limit of their prayer life, they respectfully hung the plaque on the wall behind their bed.  
Shortly after their marriage, Antonina became pregnant. Although they were very happy with the idea of becoming new parents, they understood that, as poor working people, life would not be easy.  
During her pregnancy, Antonina was discovered to have toxemia which caused her to have convulsions which resulted in her experiencing periods of temporary blindness. On August 29, she had a seizure and lost her eye sight. She was totally blind from three in the morning until eight thirty that evening, when her eyesight was totally restored.
She later wrote that she turned to the plaque and prayed to Our Lady in an effort to give thanks for her eye sight having been restored. As she looked at the plaque, she saw that Mary was crying. Her sister-in-law and aunt also witnessed tears falling from Our Lady’s eyes and on to the headboard of her bed. They removed the plaque from the wall and took it to neighbors who, also, witnessed the tears. This image of Mary was, actually, shedding tears.
  The miracle continued until the first day of September.  
Upon analyzing the tears, it was found that they were, in fact, human tears. Crowds gathered in this simple town and many miraculous cures were claimed. The Bishops of Sicily conducted an investigation and, after examining Archbishop Bronzini's report, concluded the reality of the crying.
They expressed the desire that "such a manifestation of the Heavenly Mother might inspire all to salutary penance and to a livelier devotion toward the Immaculate Heart of Mary and that a sanctuary be built which would perpetuate the memory of the miracle." 
Cardinal Ruffini, after having read the Bishop's official statement, said that, "One cannot close one's eyes to the truth of the facts." (N.C.W.C.) From that day on, Syracuse, Sicily has been considered by the Church the city of the miracle of the Weeping Madonna.

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=3196

http://www.bobandpennylord.com/many-faces-of-mary/our-lady-of-tears.htm 

http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/syracuse.htm#RACCOLTA


"Let us bind ourselves tightly to the Sorrowful Heart of our Heavenly Mother and reflect on its boundless grief and how precious is our soul."
~ Saint Padre Pio ~

Rosary ~ Copyright Marilyn Nash 2014
This rosary was created in honor of Our Lady of Tears. 
Beginning with very deep blue glass, we are recalling the depth of her sorrows. Clear sparkling Bavarian glass spacers symbolize her tears; crystal tears which flowed down her face. The symbolism of her tears continues with the beautifully cut crystal Paters which are flanked with wings. These wings represent angels’ wings and bring to mind Mary’s title, Queen of Angels. Coming into the sacred strand are two delicate flowers. Flowers are always a symbol of Mary. Completing this limited edition rosary is a God the Father center and figural crucifix. It measures 20 ½”.

Your “Our Lady of Tears” rosary will be shipped in a silk-like purse and gift box.

$67.50 including shipping within the US

$85 including shipping outside the US  

Our Lady of Tears
Prayer to the Sorrowful Mother

St. Alphonsus de Liguori

O my afflicted Mother! Queen of martyrs and of sorrows, thou didst so bitterly weep over thy Son, who died for my salvation; but what will thy tears avail me if I am lost? By the merit, then, of thy sorrows, obtain me true contrition for my sins, and a real amendment of life, together with constant and tender compassion for the sufferings of Jesus and thy dolours. And if Jesus and thou, being so innocent, have suffered so much for love of me, obtain that at least I, who am deserving of hell, may suffer something for your love. "O Lady," will I say with St. Bonaventure, "If I have offended thee, in justice wound my heart; if I have served thee, I now ask wounds for my reward. It is shameful to me to see my Lord Jesus wounded, and thee wounded with Him, and myself without a wound." In fine, O my Mother, by the grief thou didst experience in seeing thy Son bow down His head and expire on the cross in the midst of so many torments, I beseech thee to obtain me a good death. Ah, cease not, O advocate of sinners, to assist my afflicted soul in the midst of the combats in which it will have to engage on its great passage from time to eternity. And as it is probable that I may then have lost my speech, and strength to invoke thy name and that of Jesus, who are all my hope, I do so now; I invoke thy Son and thee to succour me in that last moment; and I say, Jesus and Mary, to you I commend my soul. 
Amen.



We have no idea how many times Mary has wept for us but we have been given a slight indication by the number of times we have seen or heard of Marian statues weeping. Our Lady of Akita was declared as worthy of belief by the Holy Office in 1988, and remains the only other weeping statue recognized by the Holy Office. In addition to these Weeping Madonnas, more have been seen but are not recognized by the Church. As her children, we know that she cries for us in our pain and we are certain she is crying for the violence and hatred existing in our world today.
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