March 3

Notre Dame des Miracles, Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France

As early as the 900s, there was a shrine to the Virgin in Saint-Omer's market square. In 1785, city authorities demolished the Gothic chapel of Our Lady of Miracles to facilitate military maneuvers in the square, and her statue moved to the Saint-Omer Cathedral. During the French Revolution, in 1792, the Cathedral was turned into a silo. The precious statue stayed at the Church of Saint-Denis until noon on March 3, 1803, when it returned to the restored Cathedral. The gilt oak statue of the 1200s depicts the blonde Virgin seated on a throne, with the Child facing forward on her left knee, holding the Gospel book in his left hand and blessing with his right. The feast of Our Lady of Miracles is celebrated September 24 or the last Sunday in September. (Information and picture from "Le statue de Notre-Dame des Miracles," www.cathedrale-saint-omer.org/?/mobilier/sculptures.)   

Also commemorated this date:

bulletMaria Santissima dei Cordici, Torraca, Salerno, Campania, Italy. Town spared when hid by cloud during French invasion, as people prayed to the Madonna and her statue sweated, 1799.
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly