Mary
Part 6 Mary and Piety

Chapter m67 National Patrons

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

Our Lady of La Vang

 

To Think About

Preliminary Questions

Does your country of origin recognize a particular title or devotion to Mary as a "national patron"?  If so, why?

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Bibliography

Pope Paul Vi,  Marialis Cultus, Apostolic Exhortation for the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. (February 2, 1974)  Text available in English at  http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Paul06/p6marial.htm

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Our Lady of La Vang

 
Our Lady of La Vang (Vietnamese: Đức Mẹ La Vang) refers to a reported Marian apparition at a time when Catholics were persecuted and killed in Vietnam. The Shrine of our Lady of La Vang (Basilica of Our Lady of La Vang) is situated in what is today Hai Phu commune in Hải Lăng District of Quảng Trị Provincein Central Vietnam.

Fearing the spread of the Catholicism, in 1798 Emperor Canh Thinh restricted the practice of Catholicism in the country. Soon thereafter, the emperor issued an anti-Catholic edict in which persecution ensued.  Many people sought refuge in the rain forest of La Vang in Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam, and many became very ill. While hiding in jungle, the community gathered every night at the foot of a tree to pray the rosary. One night, an apparition surprised them. In the branches of the tree a lady appeared, wearing the traditional Vietnamese áo dài dress and holding a child in her arms, with two angels beside her. The people present interpreted the vision as the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus Christ. They said that Our Lady comforted them and told them to boil leaves from the trees for medicine to cure the ill.

Legend states that the term "La Vang" was a derivative of the Vietnamese word meaning "crying out".  Modern scholars believe it comes from the ancient practice of naming a location for a genus of a tree or plant native to the area,"La" meaning "leaf" and '"Vang "herbal seeds". 

In 1802 the Christians returned to their villages, passing on the story of the apparition in La Vang and its message. As the story of the apparitions spread, many came to pray at this site and to offer incense. In 1820, a chapel was built.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_La_Vang)
 

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