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March 11

Madonna Miracolosa di Taggia, Imperia, Liguria, Italy

The statue of the Miraculous Madonna of Taggia, originally called the Sacred or Immaculate Heart of Mary, depicts the Virgin with her heart in her hand, wearing a red robe and sky-blue mantle trimmed in gold. It was a gift from the sculptor Salvtore Revelli to his city in 1851. The statue is made of scagliola, a material similar to gesso. The eyes are of enameled crystal, blue with a transparent cornea. The first movement of the eyes occurred March 11, 1855 near the end of a week of prayer for the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. The miracle continued for some days, witnessed by many: men, women, children, and priests. The pastor, Don Stefano Semeria, informed the bishop, who went to Taggia and began a canonical proceeding that gathered some 120 testimonials. On June 1, 1856 the statue of the Miraculous Madonna was solemnly crowned and a decree promulgated recognizing the miracles. The coronation anniversary is celebrated on the first Sunday in June. Taggia celebrates the patronal feast of the Miraculous Madonna annually on March 11. (Information from a website about a rose hybridized in 2005 for the 150th anniversary of the miracle, www.rosa-mystica.it/ita/storia.asp. Picture from Manuela Consonni, June 1, 2009, "Domenica 7 giugno la Festa della Madonna Miracolosa," diocesi.riviera24.it.

Also commemorated this date:

Virgen de la Caridad, Illescas, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (Virgin of Charity). Fiesta commemorates healing of crippled woman in 1562. Patronal fiesta August 31.
Mezhetskaya Mother of God, Kiev, Ukraine 
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly