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The Black Madonna
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St Aloysius Church Garnethill Glasgow.
A photograph of the statue of The Black Madonna, The Virgin of Montserrat, at Our Lady's altar.
A candle is lit and a prayer recited at this altar every month for all our club members and their families.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is also said monthly for the intentions of our members and for the recovery to good health of all those who are ill and for whom we pray daily.
During the most recent visit to Glasgow by Barcelona FC to play Celtic FC, the Managing Director of one of the world's most illustrious football clubs, Barcelona FC, joined other Spanish philanthropists in donating a statue of the Black Madonna to St Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Glasgow. The gift brings great honour to the people of Glasgow, to Celtic FC and to all our supporters worldwide.
This statue is a copy of the original one in Montserrat, and has been blessed and placed on the Lady Altar of the church.
The Black Madonna, or 'the Virgin of Montserrat', is a statue of Mary the Mother of Jesus and the Infant Christ at the Monastery of Santa María de Montserrat in the Montserrat Mountains in Catalonia. This monastery plays a very important part in Catalan history.
It is a Romanesque sculpture in wood from the late 12th century. In March 1522, Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuit order after leaving behind his military career, visited the Benedictine monastery and prayed there.
The monastery is visited often by players and staff of Barcelona FC.
On September 11, 1844, Pope Leo XIII declared the Virgin of Montserrat Patroness of Catalonia. St George is the Patron Saint of Catalonia.