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What is a Marian experience? E-mail

What is a Marian experience?

In the Catholic faith, when the Virgin Mary appears to someone, it is termed a “Marian experience." Following such a miraculous appearance, the Virgin is is often given a name to commerate the occurance, for example the name could be the Virgin of Mercy - Virgin de La Mercè, which is the name of the patron saint of Barcelona and refers to the Virgin Mary appearing in Barcelona. The title could also refer to, the place where the Virgin Mary appeared, or in the context of her appearance. In the Barcelona province alone there are eight other virgin Mary titles. This explains the many titles for the Virgin Mary. Often these titles are used as girls' names. The full name for a girl named Mercedes is "María de las Mercedes" from the Virgin Mary meaning "Mary of the Mercies." Another example is the name Pilar. The full name for a girl named Pilar in Spain is "María del Pilar." The name Pilar comes from the legend that the Virgin Mary appeared on a pillar in the city of Zaragoza in the year 40 AD and so she received the title “ La Virgen del Pilar. " which means " The Virgin of the Pillar."

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