Sunday after Easter

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Nossa Senhora das Necessidades, Soalheira, Fundão, Castelo Branco, Beira Baixa, Portugal

In her chapel outside Solheira, votive tablets testify to miracles attributed to the Lady of Necessities as early as 1685. In 1808, French troops cut a devastating swath through the region. The people of Soalheira prayed to Our Lady of Necessities: a dense fog hid the town, and the invaders passed by to one side. Townspeople continue to rely on her help, including many emigrants in Africa and France.   

The feast of Our Lady of Necessities takes place on Pascoela, the Sunday after Easter. The night before, people gather in the town church for mass, then walk with the statue of St. Joseph to the rural chapel. On the festival day, mass outside the chapel is followed by a procession with the statues of Mary and Joseph through the streets of Soalheira. At the end of the procession, the philharmonic band leads songs of thanks to Our Lady before she returns to her chapel. On Monday, after mass, a procession takes her statue north through town to the chapel. After singing farewell to the Virgin, the procession returns with St. Joseph to the main church.

On April 22, 1979, during the street procession through Soalheira under a radiant sun, and later in the chapel, the image of Our Lady shed tears, witnessed by many people and captured on film. Although unrecognized by church officials, this event increased pilgrimages to the shrine.

Senhora das Necessidades
Á vossa porta me empino:
Deitai-me a vossa benção
Mai-la do vosso Menino. 
Senhora das Necessidades
Quem vos varreu a capela?
Foi a vossa ermitoa
Com um raminho de marcela. 
Senhora das necessidades
Estais no altar de pé:
Sois mãe de Jesus Cristo,
Esposa de S. José. 
Senhora das Necessidades
Já cá vimos à ladeira
Abri a porta Senhora
Ao povo da Soalheira. 	
Lady of Necessities
To your door I run:
Pour your blessing on me,
Mother of your Son.
Lady of Necessities
Who has swept your room?
It was your own hermit
With an herbal broom.
Lady of Necessities
On the altar there
You're Jesus's mother,
Joseph's wife so dear.
Lady of Necessities
Since we've come so far
Open to Soalheira's
People now your door.

Information and lyrics from "Nossa Senhora das Necessidades," Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Carmo - ITUVERAVA-SP (Diocese de Franca-SP), Picture from "Nossa Senhora das Necessidades," Grupo Coral da Soalheira, 

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Notre Dame de Paix, Fieulaine, Aisne, Picardy, France
Notre Dame de Sous Terre, Rouffiac, Cantal, Auvergne, France (Our Lady Underground)
Madonna delle Grazie, Airole, Imperia, Liguria, Italy
Madonna di Corzano, Bagno di Romagna, Forlì-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Mass and procession at hilltop shrine.
Beata Vergine dei Fiori, Castrocaro Terme, Forlì-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Blessed Virgin of the Flowers)
Santa Maria della Pasquarella, Baschi, Trevi, Umbria, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Cantalice, Rieti, Latium, Italy. Festa.
Madonna del Popolo, Rieti, Rieti, Latium, Italy
Madonna dell'Olivella, Veroli, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
Madonna del Suffragio, Monte S. Giovanni Campano, Frosinone, Latium, Italy (Madonna of Intercession)
Santissima Annunziata, Prata di Principato Ultra, Avellino, Campania, Italy
Madonna delle Galline, Pagani, Salerno, Campania, Italy
Madonna del Soccorso, Posada, Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy
Nostra Signora di Valverde, Alghero, Sassari, Sardinia
Madonna di Castro, Oschiri, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
Santa Maria di Loreto, Roccapiemonte, Salerno, Campania, Italy
Madonna del Calvario, Pietravairano, Caserta, Campania, Italy
Madonna di Briano, Villa di Briano, Caserta, Campania, Italy
Madonna della Mutata, Grottaglie, Taranto, Apulia, Italy
Annunziata, Sanarica, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Madonna dei Miracoli, Trepuzzi, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Tricase, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Madonna di Francavilla, Palazzo San Gervasio, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna di Costantinopoli, Senise, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna della Catena, Celico, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Annunziata, Nocera Terinese, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
Madonna di Prestarona, Canolo, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
Santa Maria Salus Infirmorum, Grumentino, Grumento Nova, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy (St. Mary Health of the Sick)
Madonna del Ponte, Balestrate, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Madonna di Gulfi, Chiaramonte Gulfi, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
Senhora da Luz, Creixomil, Guimarães, Portugal (Lady of Light)
Virgen de la Barquera, San Vicente de la Barquera, Occidente, Cantabria, Spain. Sea & land processions. Feast Sept. 8.
Virgen de Davalillo, San Asensio, La Rioja, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de Guadalupe, Villar del Monte, León, Castile and León, Spain
Virgen de Navelonga, Cilleros, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Nuestra Señora de Perales, Arroyo de San Serván, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain. Romería. Fiesta del Emigrante, Aug. 15.
Virgen de Botos, Puebla del Prior, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
Virgen de Rus, San Clemente, Cuenca, Castilla La Mancha, Spain
Virgen de la Soledad Gloriosa, Cheste, Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Virgen de la Coronada, Calañas, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly