Our Lady of the Wayside
Madonna Della Strada or Santa Maria Della Strada — the Italian for Our Lady of the Wayside, or Our Lady of the Good Road — is the name of an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, enshrined at the Church of the Gesù in Rome, mother church of the Society of Jesus religious order of the Roman Catholic Church and is a variation on the Eastern basilissa (imperial) type of icon.
The Madonna Della Strada is the patroness of the Society of Jesus. Its founder, Ignatius of Loyola, was said to have been protected by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary during battle in his service as a soldier.
The name goes back to a shrine established in Rome in the 5th century by the Astalli family, originally known as the Madonna degli Astalli, at a crossroads along the ceremonial route of the popes. The 13th-14th century fresco (a wall painting done on damp plaster) was originally painted on the wall of Saint Mary of the Way in Rome, the church of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), given to Saint Ignatius by Pope Paul III in 1540.
In 1568, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese erected the Gesù Church of Rome, the mother church of the Jesuits, in place of the former church of Santa Maria della Strada. The fresco was moved there in 1575 to a side chapel where Jesuits pronounced their vows. Sometime in the 19th century, the image was transferred to canvas and affixed to a slate panel. The icon is located between two altars, the first dedicated to Ignatius of Loyola, the second, the main altar of the Church, dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. The icon was restored in 2006, revealing at least two layers of previous paint, the original art being a fresco which had been detached from a wall and affixed to canvas.
|Sun the 19th:||Psalter I, Easter Week 5. |
Acts 14:21-27; Ps 145:8-13; Rev 21:1-5; John 13:31-35
|Mon the 20th:||Optional memorial of Bernardine of Siena, priest. |
Acts 14:5-18; Ps 115:1-16; John 14:21-26
|Tue the 21st:|| Optional memorial of Christopher Magallanes, priest, and Companions, martyrs. |
Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-21; Luke 24:26,46; John 14:27-31
|Wed the 22nd:||Optional memorial of Rita of Cascia, religious. |
Acts 15:1-6; Ps 122:1-5; John 15:1-8
|Thu the 23rd:||Acts 15:7-21; Ps 96:1-10; John 10:27; John 15:9-11 |
|Fri the 24th:||Acts 15:22-31; Ps 57:8-12; John 15:12-17 |
|Sat the 25th:||Optional memorial of Venerable Bede, priest and doctor; Gregory VII, pope; Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin. |
Acts 16:1-10; Ps 100:15; Col 3:1; John 15:18-21