When preparing for the 400th anniversary of the Apparition of Mary and the reorganizing the sacral space, the Columns for the Rosary Prayer were planned to be erected in Šiluva Square.
The Rosary Prayer is a biblical prayer that contemplates the life of Jesus Christ together with his Mother Mary, the closest earthly person to Jesus who knew him best. Rosary has long been an integral part of the Catholic life and devotion to the Virgin Mary.
The stations of the Rosary are minted in stone, in the shape of a cross, each 3.5 m high, 1 m wide and 0.5 m thick, with a bronze cast bas-relief depicting each mystery.
Walking from the Chapel of the Apparition toward the Basilica, there are five images of the Luminous Mystery on the left and five images of the Sorrowful Mystery on the right. Not only do these stations of the Rosary mysteries adorn the sacral space, they also serve the pilgrims’ prayer: going in the procession of the Rosary from the Chapel of the Apparition to the Basilica, both during the Feast of Nativity personally.
Pilgrims are especially called to believe in Mary’s powerful patronage and to bring to the Lord all their joys, sorrows, and thanksgiving through this prayer.
(going from the Chapel of the Apparition towards the basilica, left side of the square)
THE BAPTISM IN THE JORDAN
THE WEDDING AT CANA
THE PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM
THE INSTITUTION OF THE EUCHARIST
(going from the Chapel of the Apparition towards the basilica, right side of the square)
THE AGONY OF JESUS IN THE GARDEN
THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR
JESUS IS CROWNED WITH THORNS
JESUS CARRIED THE CROSS
THE CRUCIFIXION OF OUR LORD