Vietnam - Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady, Duc Me La Vang 
(Oct. 2006)

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In October, 2006, I made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Viet Nam, Duc Me La Vang.  The Shrine is located in the city of Hue (pronounce WAY), which is the former imperial capital of Vietnam.  I made the pilgrimage during my visit to various sites in Vietnam.  You will learn more about that trip in my journey page "Vietnam - Visit to city of Hue, 2006".
I hope you enjoy the photos, below.  Click them to view a larger version.

OLVN_outdoor_altar.jpg (342885 bytes) This is the Shrine of Duc My LaVang, Our Lady of Viet Nam. This marks the spot where she first appeared in 1798 and over the next 100 years.  She appeared floating in the trees as represented by the statue.

Nearby is a church dedicated to her.  The church was raised to the status of Basilica by Pope John XIII.

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OLVN_outdoor_altar_closeup.jpg (760773 bytes) A close-up of the outdoor Shrine with me standing in the foreground left.

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basilica_belltower_road.JPG (847453 bytes) The main walkway crossing the property.  On the right is the Basilica bell tower and front door.  These are the only remaining portions of the Basilica after it was bombed in the War.

In the background is the Shrine we saw in the two previous photos.

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basilica_belltower_closeup.JPG (1000367 bytes) To the right of the Basilica's bell tower is the new portion of the basilica, a simple metal roof and glass with a adoration chapel at the rear of the building

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dragon_censer.jpg (798719 bytes) A large incense container in the form of a dragon.  Long sticks of lit incense are placed in the sand instead of our use of candles.

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OLVN_canopies.jpg (747465 bytes) Modern-style canopies over a raised cement stage where the outdoor masses are held in August.  20-25 thousand pilgrims attend every August on this small property.  The canopies are emblematic of trees.

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OLVN_pilgrim_center.jpg (322372 bytes)

The Pilgrims' Center on-site.

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OLVN_pilgrim_center_closeup.jpg (540587 bytes) A statue of Duc Me La Vang (Our Lady of Viet Nam) at the Pilgrims' Center.  La Vang is the hamlet where she appeared over a period of 100 years of oppression by the Emperors.

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retreat_house.JPG (418357 bytes) The retreat house on-site.

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This is the commonly portrayed statue of Our Lady in La Vang.  She wears the long white gown (Owe yi) with a covering trimmed in blue and gold.  She wears the traditional Vietnamese crown in gold, always holding the Child Jesus.
  

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