Sunday, March 24, 2019

Notre-Dame de l'Epine, (l'Epine, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France)

Notre-Dame de l'Epine, (l'Epine, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France) , 1400 - March 24

On March 24, 1400, Annunciation Eve, so the story goes, a mysterious light attracted some shepherds to a thorn bush, where they found a painted stone statue of the Virgin and Child. In 1406, construction of a church began. Not completed until 1527, t...

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Notre-Dame de Messines, Mons, Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium

Notre-Dame de Messines, Mons, Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium , 1622 - First Sunday before Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Local tradition holds that a pilgrim to Rome brought the painting of Our Lady of Messina (Sicily) back to Mons. It occupied a shrine in St.  Nicholas Church cemetery until the number of miracles and healings there prompted its move into the church i...

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