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Our Lady of La Vang

Updated on August 17, 2013

Our Lady of La Vang, Pray for Us.

Our Lady of La Vang continues to be an inspiration for those who suffer for their faith, and continues to invite people to pray and make sacrifices for the love of their Faith
Our Lady of La Vang continues to be an inspiration for those who suffer for their faith, and continues to invite people to pray and make sacrifices for the love of their Faith

The first apparition of the Lady of La Vang to the Vietnamese people was noted during the great persecution in 1798. The ruling king began a fierce persecution of Vietnamese Catholics which lasted until 1886.

All Catholic Churches and seminaries were destroyed and Catholic lay people and priests were maimed or killed in gruesome ways. In the year that this persecution began, 1798, Our Lady of La'Vang first appeared.

Catholics from the town of Quang Tri had come to the forest of La Vang to hide. They suffered from cold, were in fear of wild animals and were sick with jungle ever and hunger.

During the night they prayed the rosary and while praying one night they saw an apparition of a woman in a long cape, with a child in her arms, and with an angel at each side. They recognized the woman in the apparition of Mary, the mother of Christ.

Mary comforted the people and told them how to make medicine for their sickness from the leaves of the surrounding trees. She also told them that whoever came to this place to pray would have their prayers answered.

Through out the almost one hundred years of persecutions as many Vietnamese Catholics were burnt alive for the faith. Mary continued to appear to the people who came to that spot in the forest to pray. From the first apparition a small chapel had been built and even though it was in an isolated situation in the mountains, groups of people continuously went there to pray.

In 1886, when the persecutions had finally ended, the construction of a larger church was began. When it was finished in 1901, Our Lady of La'Vang was proclaimed the protector of Vietnamese Catholics.

In 1928 a larger Church again was built to accommodate the growing numbers of pilgrims but this basilica was destroyed during the war in Vietnam in 1972.

On the 200th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of La'Vang, Pope John Paul II called the basilica to be rebuilt and stressed the importance of our Lady of La'Vang in the devotion of Vietnamese Catholics who have suffered much from war and post -war persecution.

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      Dolores Lopez/ Las Cruces New Mexico 

      4 years ago

      I had never heard of Our Lady Of Lavang, till this past weekend that we went to the Santuario of Chimayo in Chimayo New Mexico. I was so overwhelmed by the statue of Our Lady of Lavang and the story about her. She will definately become part of my family.

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      9 years ago

      Hi MM Del Rosario,

      I came cross your site when I was looking for Our Lady of Lavang's photo. I am very glad to read your Marian colections. It is interesting!

      Thanks for your sharing!

      I hope that you do not mind if I could use one of Our Lady of Lavang photo to my site.

      God bless your hard work!



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