Thursday, August 15, 2019

Nuestra Señora del Pilar / Our Lady of the Pillar

Nuestra Señora del Pilar / Our Lady of the Pillar (Zaragoza, Spain) , 40 - January 2, October 11, August 15

According to legend, in the early days of the Church on January 2, 40 AD, the Apostle James the Greater was proclaiming the Gospel in Caesaraugusta (present day Zaragoza) by the river Ebro, when he saw Mary miraculously appearing in the flesh on a pi...

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Panagia Evangelistria (Tinos, Cyclades, South Aegean, Greece)

Panagia Evangelistria (Tinos, Cyclades, South Aegean, Greece) (Tinos, Greece) , 1823 - January 30, July 23, August 15

In 1822, on the island of Tinos, a nun named Pelagia had visions of the Virgin telling her where to search for an icon, at the spot where a church should be built in her name. She told the priest, who convinced the inhabitants to start excavations, w...

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Nostra Signora di Soviore, Monterosso, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy

Nostra Signora di Soviore, Monterosso, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy , 740 - July 7, August 15

The story goes that as the Lombard hordes approached in 641, villagers of Soviore buried their statue of the Madonna for safekeeping and fled toward the Mediterranean, to what is now the Cinque Terra town of Monterosso. A hundred years later, on July...

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Santa María del Águila (Our Lady of the Eagle), Spain

Santa María del Águila (Our Lady of the Eagle), Spain , 13th cent. - August 15

Santa María del Águila (Our Lady of the Eagle) is the patron of Alcalá de Guadaíra, a Spanish municipality in the province of Seville, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, 15 km from Seville....

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven , 1st cent. - August 15

As early as the 200s, Christians documented belief in the transport of Mary's body, as well as her soul, to heaven. "And the Lord said to Michael: 'Let them bring the body of Mary into the clouds.' ... And when they had entered paradise, the body of ...

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Gospa Sinjska / Our Lady of Sinj - Croatia

Gospa Sinjska / Our Lady of Sinj - Croatia , 1715 - August 15

Tradition holds that Catholics in Sinj spent the night of August 14, 1715 praying for the Blessed Mother's intercession to stop an army of Turks bent on taking the city and moving toward Vienna. When the Blessed Mother's image appeared in the sky the...

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Madonna di Paitone (Paitone, Brescia, Italy)

Madonna di Paitone (Paitone, Brescia, Italy) , 1532 - August 15

The shrine of the Madonna of Paitone is a church of Paitone , in the province of Brescia . Built from 1534 on the site where the Virgin Mary was miraculously appeared two years ago, it has been repeatedly embellished over the centuries but retained i...

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Virgen de Urkupiña, Quillacollo, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Virgen de Urkupiña, Quillacollo, Cochabamba, Bolivia , 16th cent. - August 15

In the late seventeenth century, at the beginning of the colony, in the region of Cota (Quillacollo southwest), lived a humble family of farmers who subsisted on the usefulness of his small flock of sheep that were in the care of menor. La daughter g...

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Virgen de la Paloma / Virgin of the Dove -Madrid, Spain

Virgen de la Paloma / Virgin of the Dove -Madrid, Spain , 18th cent. - August 15

The origin of this festival goes back to the end of the 18th century when some children found a painting of the La Virgen de la Soledad in an old empty lot. A devout woman bought the picture from them and decided to hang it in her house on calle de L...

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