RELIGIOUS IMAGE OF MARY
Catholic churches have always been very visual and sensory.
The religious images are part of this setup. It helps keep the mind sharp by watching religious objects and statues in the church that can be viewed during the service. It is a similar idea as having stained glass windows in a church with one depicting religious scenes and saints. It helps the congregation and makes one feel they are surrounded by the spiritual. Catholics also ask the Virgin Mary and the saints to intercede and pray for them.
So you see very often these statues of saints, where you can direct to your thoughts, prayers and requests. Art is a way of expression to bring out an inner feeling - to honor and conscience to glorify God. During the first 1600 years of Christianity, most people could not read or write. Each stained glass window and statue in medieval churches told a story. Illiterate people could watch the stained glass images on the windows of the church and understand what the story was about. So not only were the images and paintings beautiful and reverent, but they were also very functional. They told the biblical story and the priest would be able to point to the objects in his sermons. Sculptures and stained glass were for the priests, teaching materials, tools and memories. When we walk through a classic sanctuary and we see the statues, then every saint his story. An educated Christian could learn the stories of all those saints and they tell again to his children, even if he could not read. This also explains the traditional classification of the windows: a large central image surrounded by a large number of smaller ones. With proper explanation, one could learn the whole story quickly, say John the Baptist, along with all important aspects of the life of Christ. These were not false images to be worshiped, but memories of the story of salvation.
Maria (from Greek Μαρία), Miriam (Hebrew מרים) and Maryam (Arabic مريم) in the New Testament and the Koran the mother of Jesus. The origin of the name is probably Egyptian: Meriam, Meri-Amon (which means "Beloved of Amon -the divine"). According to Christian tradition, she is the daughter of Joachim and Anna; mentions in the Qur'an of Imran as her father. For Catholics, it is the most important saint. In the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church Mary is Mother of God an important role in religious life. In the Orthodox Church is the common expression for Mary Mother of God, not Mary. There is within the theology even a complete discipline that focuses specifically on her: Mariology. Several liturgical celebrations and feasts are celebrated in her honor.