April 8

marian calendar     april

Mother of God, Boronyavo, Khust, Zakarpattia, Ukraine

Now in the Ukraine, in a valley near the borders of Hungary and Romania, Boronyavo belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary in 1785, when János Basilovits, OSBM, gave this icon to the monastery Church of the Annunciation, to commemorate the apparition of the Mother of God to a Basilian monk at a spring nearby. Enshrined on the iconostasis on March 25, 1785, feast of the Annunciation, the image soon developed a reputation for miracles of healing and conversion. On March 28, 1893, it was solemnly crowned by Papal authority. The Church approved pilgrimages to the shrine three times yearly, on the feasts of the Annunciation, St. Elias (July 20), and the Dormition (August 15). A new sanctuary was dedicated in 1888. When the Soviet regime closed the monastery and church in 1947 and transported its superior to Siberia, the icon was hidden in an apartment in the district capital of Khust. After Ukrainian independence, the government returned the deteriorated complex to the Greek Catholic Church, and on April 8, 1991, the icon and the freed superior both returned for the reconsecration of the restored church in Boronyavo. (Picture from the website of the Basilian Order in the Ukraine, www.osbm.in.ua. Information also from the Religious Information Service of the Ukraine, risu.org.ua/ukr/kaleidoscope/article;18106/, and the Mission Society of the Mother of God of Boronyavo, www.missionboronyavo.org.)

Also commemorated this date:

Madonna della Brina, Basella, Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy (Madonna of the Frost). Apparition, 1356.
Nostra Signora del Soccorso, Pietra Ligure, Savona, Liguria, Italy (Our Lady of Aid). Sacred 1300s fresco installed on main altar of new church, 1601. Festa Sept. 8. 
Santa Maria in Porto, Ravenna, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Bas-relief floated to shore, 1100.
Nuestra Señora del Mar, Almería, Almería, Spain (Our Lady of the Sea). Statue crowned, 1951. Romería commemorating 1502 apparition, first Sunday in January. Feast day, Saturday before the last Sunday of August.
Notre-Dame de Lorette, Porrentruy, Jura, Switzerland. Chapel consecrated, 1657.
Melitene Mother of God, Russian Orthodox Church. Commemoration of icon associated with Armenian Melitene, now Malatya, Turkey (March 26 Julian).

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly