2017 is the centennial year of the Marian apparitions at Fatima in Portugal. Although we are not obliged to follow private revelation, some such revelations are recognised by the church as having supernatural origin. This means that they are a genuine aid to strengthening the faithful during a particular time in history.
The Fatima apparitions have connections to the summation of the 100 year reign of Satan as foreseen by Pope Leo XIII, and the fall of Communism, symbolised by the fall of the Berlin wall.
Our Lady asked for the prayer of the rosary to be offered for sinners, and to bring about the reign of her Immaculate Heart.
It is too big a subject for this blog an so I will leave it to other bloggers to say more about these occurrences.
In the U.K. the most popular Marian devotions seem to be rooted either in Lourdes or Walsingham, and it is statues associated with these shrines which we restore regularly.
This year we had the pleasure of restoring a domestic statue of Our lady of Fatima for Mr. Power, and an outdoor resin statue for st. Werburgh's school.
So before the year closes, I am posting some photos of those we restored, albeit suprisingly few!
Liturgical artist/restorer. Bachelor of Art and Design, Catholic Blogger
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