For over a century, the faithful have looked to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu for protection and healing. After the Blessed Mother directed a woman on the island of Gozo to pray in the Chapel of Ta’ Pinu on June 22, 1883, word spread of Mary’s manifestation, and the faithful sought her intercession. Following many miracles and healings, the site grew to be a popular Maltese pilgrimage destination.
Today, the devotion to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu emphasizes Mary’s role as mother and the protection that she offers to the faithful. In this post, we invite you to reflect on a prayer to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu and explore the Oratory where she is honored under this title at the Basilica.
Here at the Basilica, Mary is honored under this title in an oratory with a breathtaking gold mosaic reproduction of Madonna Ta’ Pinu. The work portrays Mary surrounded by angels, who lift her from her tomb and place a crown on her head. The original Madonna Ta’ Pinu was an oil painting of the Assumption commissioned by Filippo “Pinu” Gauci in 1619 for the chapel in Gozo, Malta. Two hundred years later, it was near that chapel that the Blessed Mother appeared to Carmela Grima, inspiring the devotion to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu.
Prayer to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu
The oratory at the Basilica contains the following prayer:
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, who recommended your servant Carmela Grima to recite “Three Hail Mary’s” in honor of the three days your body remained in the sepulchre, look pitifully at the upset world and deliver humanity from the threatening spiritual and social calamities. Make all men love each other, protect our families that they may live a happy, honest and holy life in the bond of marriage. Have pity on me and if it is not God’s will that I obtain this grace……. help me to accept it willingly that I may ensure that it will lead me to eternal happiness. Amen.
The Basilica Guidebook, Dr. Geraldine Rohling
Light a Candle at the Basilica
In honor of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu, we invite you to light a candle today at the National Shrine. Vigil candles burn in the chapels throughout the Great Upper Church and lower crypt level of the National Shrine. Each candle represents the faith of the supplicants and their fervent prayers entrusted to the loving intercession of the Blessed Mother.