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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

A Little Shrine to Mary

Some blog friends have asked about my little wall shrine dedicated to Mary, so here are some photos of it. 



The little vintage statue is from Italy. I think the statue has a very sweet face. The round crown tells us this is a depiction of Mary at Fatima. As a child, I got the Jiffy Pop inflated popcorn container a bit confused with Mary's Fatima crown. 


I very much wanted my mother to buy a Jiffy Pop! I was just fascinated by it. We made our popcorn in a large saucepan. It involved a lot of wiggling of the pan on the burner, an occasional lift and shake with the lid firmly held, and then quickly getting it back onto the burner for more wiggling and sliding. There was always some scorching involved.

I do think that popcorn popped the old hard way tastes better than microwaved popcorn, though, or air-popped popcorn. 



I am at the rock-collecting, tile-collecting, and wood-buying stage of my outdoor shrine. In the meantime, I enjoy switching out the decor on the shelf shrine. The candle to the right was just added from the Easter Vigil this year. The loyal tigers are always present, however. They think they are guarding her, but shhhh...she is guarding them!



Note to my non-Catholic friends: We are not worshipping Mary. We are venerating her.

Kind regards,

Olde Dame Holly


27 comments :

  1. I love your shrine, and yes we venerate Mary, as the Mother of Jesus. What a cute story about the jiffy pop and Mary’s crown. Are you saying the Divine Chaplet this week? Thank you for sharing your pretty shrine with us. πŸ™πŸ»

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    1. Yes, our parish is really concentrating on keeping the momentum from Easter going! But our padres are so worn out, they need rest!

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  2. I love your little shrine, so nice.
    I love the tigers !

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  3. Your shrine is beautiful, Holly. Thank you for showing us, as I've been wanting to see it. I feel so close to Mary, and she's always there for me. Your Mary statue is just beautiful. How special that it is from Italy. I was so bummed when I lost my Rosary beads that Jess got me from Italy. With all the moves I've had in five years, I can't seem to find them. Thankfully, I have more.

    I chuckled when you mentioned the old fashioned way of making popcorn. I still make it that way, and just had some the other day! There's nothing like it. I used to have a popcorn maker, and it didn't taste as good as when I made it the old fashioned way with the pot on the stove, oil, jiggling the pan, and watching it very closely so it doesn't burn. Then, topped with butter, there's nothing like it, is there?

    I will come back to see your shrine again this week. It really is lovely.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Aw, that is a shame about your Rosary from Italy. I hope they will show up! I agree about the butter-topped old-school popcorn! Yes!

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  4. She is after all the mother of our Lord isn't she. Your shrine is beautiful. Worship is what "some" folks do with actors, singers and athletes, and yes money. This is not the case with Mary. Dear Dame I find you Amazing. :)

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Faith! I do wish people would cling to Mary and to good things as opposed to shallow things that are not good for us.

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  5. Your Mary is a very pretty piece of art.

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    1. Thank you, Emma! I thought her face very pretty and her gown's color is very soothing.

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  6. "Before the beginning of time," when I was young, I attended a sort of Religious Classes in the Summer, outdoors. And made a shrine, consisting of little rocks and some sort of mortar. I still remember the fun of it. -smile-

    Thank you for the memory!!!!!

    πŸ”†πŸŒŸπŸŒΌπŸ’›πŸŒΌπŸŒŸπŸ”†

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    1. My eldest sister, who was very very clever, made a shrine, too, as a child. Young children can make the most amazing creations.

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  7. Such a sweet little shrine! I will never think of Jiffy Pop in the same way. Do they still make it? We made popcorn the same way you did on the stovetop ;-)

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    1. They DO still make it! That's it, I'm getting one. And documenting whether it's a boom or bust!

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  8. I like your lovely little shrine. The tigers "protecting" Mary are cute.(If tigers can be cute, that is).

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    1. My alma mater is LSU, and our mascot is the TIGAH as we said it there. So I love all things tiger!

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  9. I am so happy with all your shrine, all your little additions in its building. I recognize an old bottle for the lily of the valley (a favorite since childhood). I don't recognize the pleated backdrop, but I do recognize the bit of old tatting for a bit of rug. Wonderful, through and through.

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    1. You have a sharp eye, Joanne. The tatting is indeed very old, made by a wonderful Christian lady in India, where she and her family were persecuted for their faith, sadly. She has passed. But they persevere and have a safe compound where her daughters and others still gather.

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  10. What an impressive and beautiful shrine you have created. Such a lovely and loving tribute to Mary. As a non-Catholic, I can still admire what you have created and the beauty of this shrine.

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    1. Thank you! I wonder when I look at the little statue, who painted it? They had a deft hand at coloring.

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  11. A beautiful shrine. Gramma H use to make Jiffy Pop for us. Oh the memories. Janice

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  12. I love your shrine and your post today made me smile. The memories of Jiffy Pop.. thank you for those!

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