March 22

Madonna dei Sette Veli, Foggia, Apulia, Italy

Legend holds that in 1062, three little flames rising from the water attracted some herders to a bog, where they found a Byzantine icon of the Virgin. Now in Foggia's Cathedral, the image is covered in seven sheaths of precious metal. On March 22, 1731, Holy Thursday, while the people were all at mass, the Virgin's face appeared in the small, usually dark, window of the cladding. St. Alphonsus Liguori heard about it and went to Foggia to pay homage. He saw the Madonna appear as a girl of 13-14, in a white veil. The apparitions continued until 1745. Foggia's patronal feast March 20-22 commemorates them. The main city feast of the Madonna of Seven Veils takes place around the Feast of the Assumption, August 13-16.   

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre Dame de la Voie, Saint Sulpice Laurière, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France (Our Lady of the Way). First mass celebrated in church, 1964.
bulletNotre-Dame de Bon Secours, Lablachère, Ardèche, Rhône-Alpes, France (Our Lady of Good Help). First stone of chapel placed, 1682.
bulletMadonna del Buio, Bibbiena, Arezzo, Toscana, Italy (Madonna of the Ox). Statue returned miraculously from town to rural sanctuary, leaving footprints, 1512.
bulletMaria Santissima Addolorata, Guasto di Castelpetroso, Isernia, Molise, Italy (St. Mary of Sorrows)
bulletAlbazin Mother of God, Blagoveschensk, Amur, Russia (March 9 in the old calendar)

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly