Sacred Icon Story
Sacred Icon Story
August 3, 2003 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Sanctuary, Joshua Tree, California the Sacred Icon of Our Lady Queen of Peace was unveiled. It is the first known Icon to be completed while apparitions of the Blessed Mother are still taking place in Bosnia-Herzegovnia (since 1981). The 8-foot Icon is composed of oil pigments on a Baltic birch panel with three types of pure goldleaf, ground crystal, iridescent mica, lapis lazuli and inlaid tanzanite. The seven layer gesso underlay incorporates Holy Lourdes Water and Chalice Well Water from Glastonbury, UK.
Shri Natha Devi Premananda, Mataji commissioned the painting in March 2000. Normally, Icons are made after apparitions have stopped. Our Lady has allowed this Icon to be completed and installed within 21 months, which coincides with the apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorge, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Icon was completed on June 24th, 2003 on St. John the Baptist feast day, 22 years to the date that the Blessed Mother first appeared to the children in Medjugorge.
When Mataji viewed the painting on June 24th at the Chapel of St. John, streams of joy-filled tears fell down her face. Our Lady's blessing outpoured from the Icon in wave after wave of unending bliss and great light. This would mark the great beginning of Our Lady Queen of Peace Ministry in California.
On July 26th, the sacred Icon was received at Our Lady Queen of Peace Sanctuary in Joshua Tree for the first time. Brother JK from the United Kingdom, along with Mataji, and a host of devotees welcomed Our Lady with ceremony and prayers. On August 3rd, she was unveiled at the Sanctuary with a host of retreatants. During the celebration week of the Icon's unveiling, miracles occurred by Our Lady. On August 6th, the sweet fragrance of roses and cedar of Lebanon filled the air. Everyone was immersed in the divine fragrance and experienced Joy and Peace. Cases of drinking water were transformed by Our Lady into divine nectar. Many blessings were present during her unveiling and those in attendance treasured each moment.
We welcome you to visit Our Lady Queen of Peace Sanctuary in Joshua Tree, California, especially during our annual retreat. Mataji has stated that Our Lady is the embodiment of Cosmic Mother descending from heaven to earth to bless all of humanity.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Ministry would like to give special thanks to Fr. John Alexis Viereck, Bernardette Marie, Maria Talamini and all the devotees of the Blessed Mother for contributing to make this possible.