Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and sacramental theology and director of the Sacerdos Institute at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum university.
Q: I find it somehow confusing to have two statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary present in a church. Is it the practice elsewhere? During this month of the rosary (October), the Legion of Mary lay group has brought in anther statue of the BVM and lighted candles have been placed there. Does it mean the other statue of permanent nature is not enough? Kindly assist if there are any texts to that effect. — E.C., Kabwe, Zambia
A: There is a general principle which is found in the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the sacred liturgy, “Sacrosanctum Concilium”: