Madonna dei Miracoli, Motta di Livenza, Treviso,
On the morning of March 9, 1510, Giovanni Cigana,
aged 79, went to get a friend's help plowing his field. On the way, he stopped
to pray at a wayside shrine, saying seven Our Fathers and seven Hail Marys. Walking
on, he was surprised to see a beautiful girl in white seated on the green wheat.
"God give you a good day," he said. "Good day and good
year," she answered. They spoke a little, when suddenly he had an
understanding that this was the Mother of God and fell to his knees. The radiant
girl stood up and asked that he,
his family, and the people of Treviso fast for three Saturdays in repentance to
obtain Christ's pardon for their sins, and that a church be built on the site.
"My Lady, no one will believe me," the old man said. "This
evening, I'll give you a sign in the sun," she replied. After his friend
agreed to plow the field, Cigana went home and told the story. That evening, the
sun appeared blood red. Within a few days, the people of the area had built a
wooden church, soon known as Our Lady of Miracles for the many blessings
dispensed there. On September 16, 1513, a new stone church was consecrated,
placed under the care of the Friars Minor of the Observance. In 2010, the
shrine marked its 500th anniversary. The
sanctuary celebrates the feast of the Madonna dei Miracoli annually on March 9. (Information from the Sanctuary's site, Santuario-Basilica
Madonna dei Miracoli, xoomer.virgilio.it/santuariomotta.it;
the city's site, "La Basilica della Madonna Dei Miracoli," Portale
Ufficiale della Città di Motta di Livenza, www.mottadilivenza.net;
the anniversary site, www.santuariomotta500.it,
and Don Mario Morra, SDB, "Santuari Mariani / Motta di Livenza,"
Salesiani Don Bosco, www.donbosco-torino.it. Picture
Also commemorated this date:
|Notre-Dame-de-Guérison, Russe, Maine-et-Loire, Anjou, France (Our
Lady of Healing). Church blessed, 1643. Pilgrimage August 15.|
|Notre-Dame de Schauenberg, Pfaffenheim, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France.
Annual procession commemorates post-Revolution return of statue to
mountain shrine March 9, 1811.|
|Notre-Dame, La Charité-sur-Loire, Nièvre, Burgundy, France.
Cluniac priory dedicated, 1107.|