The precious crown of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima will be exhibited for the first time at the Church of São Roque, in Lisbon, on october 7th and 8th, at the 1st Biennial of Contemporary Jewelery, informs the Sanctuary this Monday.
The exhibition of the crown, between 12:00 pm on the 7th and 6:00 pm on the 8th of October, “is an opportunity to remember a piece of jewelry from the 40s of the 20th century, whose example exceeds the artistic and heritage value“The Sanctuary of Fátima said in a statement.
The note explains that “the history of this crown, which on solemn days is placed in the Image that is venerated in the Capelinha das Aparições, begins in 1942, when a group of Portuguese women wanted to thank Our Lady of Fátima for the fact that Portugal did not enter the Second World War, which was still going on”.
“So they decided donate valuable pieces – necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and other jewelry – that would serve for the construction of a crown that would be placed on the venerated image“, with the “solemn coronation” to take place in 1946.
According to the Sanctuary of Fátima, the crown would “almost become, in itself, an object of veneration after the attack on John Paul II in 1981. The bullet that hit the Holy Father, received by D. Alberto Cosme do Amaral from the hands of the Pope himself, in Rome, was placed in the crown of Our Lady of Fatima eight years after the attack on St. Peter’s Square”.
In 2010, when visiting the Sanctuary, Benedict XVI in front of the image of Our Lady, in Capelinha das Aparições, stated that “She was crowned with the jewels of the joys and the bullets of the pains of humanity”.
Two masses, a colloquium and a prayer vigil mark the program for the visit of this crown to Lisbon.