Hundred thousands Catholic died in persecution in Vietnam in 1798. Many Catholics refuge in the jungle near the place of Quang Tri a village in the central part of Vietnam. The persecution of the Catholics in Vietnam is because the Cảnh Thịnh Emperor restricted the practice of Catholicism, issued an anti-Catholic edict which the persecution began, fearing the spread of Catholicism across the country.
While the people are hiding in the jungle they gathered every night to pray the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary but one night everything had change the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the refugees wearing white surrounded by light and holding Jesus in her arms full of care, two angels were by her side she comforted the them and told them to boil leaves from the trees for medicine to cure the illness.
According to the story the term “La Vang” was a derivative of the Vietnamese word meaning “crying out”.
In the year of 1802 the Catholics return to the village sharing the story of the apparition in Lavang and its message and as a result of the story spreads. Many people are came to pray to the site and offer incense and of course by God’s will a chapel was built in the year 1820.
As the time goes by the statue of Our Lady of La Vang was brought from Tri Bun back to the holy shrine and Vietnamese Bishops Conference chose the church of Our Lady of La Vang as the National Shrine in honour of the Immaculate Conception.
Prayers to Our Blessed Virgin Mary
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy, hear and answer me.
My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden: For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath helpen his servant Israel :
As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.