OUR LADY OF THE WAY SANTA MARIA DELLA STRADA


“O Lord Jesus Christ, who are the way, the truth and the life, grant us in your mercy, that through the
intercession of Blessed Mary, your Virgin Mother, we may run the way of your commandments and reach
eternal life.”

Our Lady of the Way (Santa Maria della Strada) is a feast celebrated by the Society of Jesus in its communities, schools and parishes.

The late medieval mural of Santa Maria della Strada was on an external wall of the small chapel of Our Lady of the Way in Rome. It was here that Ignatius prayed and eventually set up the headquarters of his new Society. Ignatius would have known the image well and, throughout his life, had a particular devotion to Our Lady under whose patronage he placed the Society of Jesus.

The small chapel of Santa Maria della Strada was demolished to make way for the Church of the Gesù, begun in 1568 and consecrated in 1584. The image was preserved and is today in the north chapel, having recently undergone restoration.

photo:Madonna della Strada

The miracuous image of Our Lady of the Road in the church of the Gesu in Rome, the motherchurch of the Jesuits.

The Jesuit order, founded by St Ignatius of Loyola, venerates the Madonna della Strada as their patroness and copies of the image are found in Jesuit houses and churches worldwide.
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