April 11

Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van de Altijddurende Bijstand, Hallaar, Heist-op-den-Berg, Antwerp, Belgium

On April 11, 1502, Holy Cross Parish in Hallaar canceled its annual procession because of bad weather. But the next day, the priest and sexton found muddy tracks leading in and out of the church, and Our Lady's white robes splattered with mud. Word got out that Our Dear Lady made the procession by herself, drawing pilgrims to the church, which has processed the statue near this date ever since, except when the French closed the church. Now known as the Parish of Our Dear Lady of Perpetual Help, in recent years the church has held a three-day celebration on the first weekend in April, with the procession on Sunday. It is unclear whether the title has any connection to the widely revered Byzantine icon now in Rome, or if it simply reflects the long-standing trust of the faithful in their intrepid Lady. (Information from GVG Bassisschool Hallaar, sas.basisschool-hallaar.be/index.php?page=183&section=24 and other sources. Picture from Google cache of www.trippermap.com/v2/trippermap_photos.kml?nsid=70519928@N00.)  

Also commemorated this date:

bulletOur Lady of the Mekong, Akreiy Ksatr, Lavear Em, Kandal, Cambodia. Statue found in river, 2008.
bulletNotre-Dame-du-Voeu, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France (Our Lady of the Vow). Community vow during cholera epidemic, 1832.
bulletMare de Déu del Miracle, Relleu, Alicante, Valencia, Spain. Floral offering and procession commemorate miraculous rainfall of 1710.
bulletVirgen del Río, Huércal-Overa, Almería, Andalucia, Spain (Virgin of the River). Statue crowned, 1965.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly