In 1875 a humble painting of Our Lady was set up in a chapel near the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy, to encourage devotion to the Rosary. Invocation of Mary at this shrine resulted in many remarkable cures and conversions; the modest chapel was raised to basilica rank and is now one of the most famous sanctuaries of Our Lady.
O Virgin immaculate and Queen of the Rosary, in these days of dead faith and triumphant impiety, thou hast been pleased to establish thy throne as Queen and Mother in the ancient land of Pompeii, once the home of paganism. From that place, where men of old worshipped idols and evil spirits, do thou this day, as the Mother of divine graces, scatter far and wide the treasures of heaven’s mercy. Ah, from that throne where thou reignest in mercy, turn, dear Mother, thine eyes of pity even upon me and be gracious unto me who have so great need of thine assistance. Show thyself to me, even as thou hast shown thyself to so many others, a true Mother of mercy: “Monstra te esse Matrem” (show thyself a Mother); while with all my heart I salute thee and invoke thee as my sovereign Lady and Queen of the Most Holy Rosary.
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness, and our Hope. To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To Thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, Thine Eyes of Mercy toward us, and after this our exile show unto us the Blessed Fruit of thy Womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us O Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
(Indulgence of 300 days. )