Bathtub Madonna

1 Nov

_DSC0256 A statue of Mary on the front lawn signifies a Catholic home.  Often this statue is placed in an arch. Originally statues were placed in an arch to recreate the grotto in Lourdes, France in which Mary appeared to St. Bernadette.  One of the most famous grotto recreations can be found at the University of Notre Dame. For many years students have come to pray at the grotto, especially during exam weeks and football season.

At one time, Catholics used discarded bathtubs to create an arch.  Consequently, outdoor statues of Mary in an arch have been called, “Bathtub Madonnas”.

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4 Responses to “Bathtub Madonna”

  1. Relax November 1, 2015 at 1:10 PM #

    I never knew/heard that! Interesting!

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  2. rosarycollector November 1, 2015 at 1:57 PM #

    Yes, the earliest were made with the old-fashioned claw feet tubs.

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  3. Mary Hall November 1, 2015 at 2:12 PM #

    That is interesting about the bathtub Madonna. I have seen them for many years and never heard those type of statues called that.

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  4. Giovanna Lottes November 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM #

    I did not know that. I learn something new every time I read your blog

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