Devotion to Mary in the region of the Lower Rhine: Mary had been chosen by God to become the mother of his son Jesus Christ, whom he sent to earth to proclaim his love, mercy & kindness to people.
But Mary is not only the mother of God, who is worshiped by Christians worldwide, she has also been the mediator and advocate of people since her admission to the Kingdom of God.
For many, the Virgin Mary is a key that opens the door to God’s mercy. Therefore, an infinite number of people turn to Mary every day and ask them to intercede with God. Often they pray the Ave Maria prayer and hope for help from the highest divine place.
Mary is also known as the “salvation of the sick”, “comforter of the afflicted”, “refuge of sinners” and “helper of all Christians”. For this reason, people from all over the Christian world turn to the Virgin Mary in times of need, illness, hunger or worries, and out of thanks and devotion they have erected the altars and statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which are the destination of numerous pilgrimages.
In addition, Maria is the main motif of countless pictures and paintings, all of which testify to the unique importance of Mary in people’s faith. On the Lower Rhine you will find both world-famous and less famous places of pilgrimage. Kevelaer is certainly one of the most visited pilgrimage sites. Hundreds of thousands of believers as well as those seeking comfort and help make pilgrimages to the small town on the Lower Rhine every year in order to hope for the advice and the intercession of Mary with God in silent prayer or by giving a commemorative candle.
In the region of the Lower Rhine you will find numerous churches and chapels. Nearly every village has one.
For centuries, people of different faiths have made pilgrimages to places where they seemed closer to their god or saint.