Easter Monday

Notre-Dame de Vie, Venasque, Carpentras, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

In the 500s, with Rome and its provinces suffering decline and barbarian threat, Siffrein, Bishop of Carpentras in southern France, retreated to the hills of Venasque, where he built two churches and a baptistery and, in the valley, a chapel dedicated to the Mother of Life. This soon became a place of pilgrimage, particularly known for resuscitations of babies who died unbaptised. In the 1600s, the Minims, of the Order of St. Francis, settled there to manage the shrine and host its pilgrims. They built the present building complex and sanctuary. A century later, the Revolutionary government sold the buildings as a public asset to private owners. In 1920, a third-order Carmelite, Mme. Lemaire, bought the property, and in 1932, Father Marie-Eugène de l'Enfant-Jésus, OCD, started the Institute of Our Lady of Life therea Carmelite Secular Institute for laypeople and priests, who take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience while remaining active in their workplaces and parishes. In 1957, Father Marie-Eugène established Easter Mondaythe day after Christians celebrate her son Jesus' return to life and promise of life eternalas the Feast of Our Lady of Life. (Information from the Institute and Sanctuary's site, institut.notredamedevie.org. Picture from "Institut Notre-Dame de Vie," Le Carmel en France, www.carmel.asso.fr/Institut-Notre-Dame-de-Vie,569.html?lang=fr.)

Also commemorated this date:

bulletSvetište Majke Božje Odvjetnice Hrvatske, Remete, Zagreb, Croatia (Holy Mother of God, Advocate of Croatia)
bulletNotre Dame des Clefs, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France (Our Lady of the Keys)
bulletNotre-Dame de Perros-Hamon, Ploubazlanec, Brittany, France
bulletNotre-Dame-de-Beauregard, Orgon, Bouches du Rhône, France
bulletNotre Dame des Œufs, Gréoux-les-Bains, Alpes de Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
bulletNotre-Dame de Montaigu, Bargemon, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
bulletMadonna dei Campi, Landiona, Novara, Piedmont, Italy
bulletBeata Vergine della Pallavicina, Izano, Cremona, Lombardy, Italy. Fair, Easter Sunday & Monday.
bulletMadonna del Covolo, Crespano del Grappa, Treviso, Veneto, Italy
bulletNostra Signora dell'Ulivo, Brugnato, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy 
bulletMadonna dei Bagni, Deruta, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
bulletMadonna dei Penitenti, Poggio S. Lorenzo, Rieti, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Casaprota, Rieti, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna della Grotta, Sacrofano, Roma, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna del Sorbo, Campagnano, Roma, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Camerata Nuova, Roma, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna della Capanna, Sperlonga, Latina, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Esperia, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Palagianello, Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
bullet Madonna di Roio, Poggio di Roio, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
bulletMadonna della Libera, Rapino, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
bulletMadonna dell'Arco, S. Anastasia, Napoli, Campania, Italy
bulletMadonna Incoronata, Melito Irpino, Avellino, Campania, Italy 
bulletMadonna del Lauro, Milici, Messina, Sicily, Italy
bulletMadonna di Monte Oliveto, Pedace, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna del Pantano, San Giorgio Lucano, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
bulletMaria SS. dell'Annunziata, Baragiano, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
bulletMaria SS. della Stella, Adelfia, Bari, Apulia, Italy
bulletSanta Maria della Grotta, Modugno, Bari, Apulia, Italy
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Carosino, Taranto, Apulia, Italy
bulletMadonna di Montevergine, Arnesano, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
bulletMadonna di Costantinopoli, Cannole, Lecce, Apulia, Italy 
bulletMadonna della Grottella, Copertino, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
bulletMadonna degli Angeli, Corigliano d'Otranto, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
bulletMadonna di Pasqua, Cutrofiano, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
bulletMadonna della Pietà, Vernole, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
bulletMadonna della Grazia, Laterza, Taranto, Apulia, Italy
bulletNossa Senhora dos Prazeres, Santa Comba, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Douro, Portugal (Our Lady of the Fields)
bulletNossa Senhora da Boa Viagem, Constância, Lisbon, Portugal 
bulletNossa Senhora da Encarnação, Póvoa de Rio de Moinhos, Portugal (Our Lady of the Incarnation)
bulletNossa Senhora da Granja, Proença-a-Velha, Beira Baixa, Portugal (Our Lady of the Farm). Romaria. 
bulletNossa Senhora da Consolação, Salvaterra do Extremo, Beira Baixa, Portugal
bulletNossa Senhora da Enxaras, Campo Maior, Portalegre, Alto Alentejo, Portugal
bulletVirxe de Chamorro, Ferrol, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
bulletVirxe do Monte, Camariñas, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
bulletVirgen de las Angustias, Cacabelos, León, Castile and León, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de la Alegría, Monzón, Huesca, Aragon, Spain 
bulletVirgen del Pueyo, Barbastro, Huesca, Aragon, Spain. Romería.
bulletVirgen de Rodanas, Épila, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
bulletVirgen del Cantal, Oliete, Teruel, Aragon, Spain. Romería.
bulletVerge del Vilar, Blanes, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
bulletMare de Déu de Joncadella, Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de la Consolación, Miajadas, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora del Casar, Portaje, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de Valdefuentes, Montehermoso, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de la Blanca, Pasarón de la Vera, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romería; fiesta Aug. 15
bulletNuestra Señora de Monfragüe, Torrejón el Rubio, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora del Prado, Casar de Cáceres, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora del Salor, Torrequemada, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romería. Fiesta Sept. 8.
bulletNuestra Señora de la Luz, Arroyo de la Luz, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of Light). Fiesta. 
bulletNuestra Señora de los Hitos, Jaraicejo, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romería.
bulletNuestra Señora de la Estrella, Salvatierra de Santiago, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romería. Fiesta Aug. 15.
bulletNuestra Señora de Sopetrán, Almoharín, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora del Belén, Cañamero, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of Bethlehem)
bulletNuestra Señora de la Fuente Santa, Zorita, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of the Holy Fountain)
bulletNuestra Señora de la Cabeza, San Vicente de Alcántara, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of the Head). Romería. 
bulletVirgen de Piedra Escrita, La Serena, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain (Virgin of the Written Stone)
bulletVirgen de Criptana, Campo de Criptana, Ciudad Real, Castilla La Mancha, Spain. Romería.
bulletVirgen de la Encarnación, Casas de Ves, Albacete, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (Virgin of the Incarnation). Romería.
bulletVirgen del Vallehermoso, El Viso, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain. Romería.
bulletVirgen de la Alegría, Villaralto, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain. Romería.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly