May 3

Matka Boża Królowa Polski, Poland

In 1617, Jesuit missionary Julio Mancinelli, then in Naples, had a revelation in which the Mother of God told him she wished to be known as Queen of Poland. By 1655, when the Swedes invaded Poland, Mary's new title was already known throughout the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. After the Poles raised the Swedish siege of the monastery of Czestochowa, its beloved Black Madonna (right) became especially associated with the title. On April 1, 1656, King Jan Casimir proclaimed the Mother of God the "Queen of the Polish Crown" and the shrine of Jasna Gora at Czestochowa its spiritual capital. In 1923, Pope Pius XI designated May 3 as the Feast of Our Lady, Queen of Poland, to coincide with the civil holiday commemorating the Constitution of May 3, 1791. The feast is celebrated in Poland, Lithuania, Chicago, and everywhere Polish Catholics have settled. (Information from "Najswietsza Maryja Panna Królowa Polski," Wikipedia, wolna encyclopedia, pl.wikipedia.org and other sources. Picture from "Uroczystosc Matki Bozej Królowej Polski 03.05.2008 r.," Parafia pw. sw. Maksymiliana Kolbe w Lubaniu, swmaksymilian.luban.pl.)   

Also commemorated this date:

Nuestra Señora del Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche, Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
Notre-Dame des Trois-Epis, Colmar, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France (Our Lady of the Three Wheat Ears). Apparition, 1491.
Notre-Dame du Bon Succès, Brussels, Belgium (Our Lady of Good Success). 1500s statue from Aberdeen, Scotland, installed in Augustinian church in Brussels, 1626. In 1814 it moved to the church of Notre-Dame de Finistère.

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Notre-Dame de la Daurade, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France. Statue crowned, 1874.
Sieben Schmerzen Mariens, Malsch, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Mary of Seven Sorrows). Chapel blessed, 1903. Patronal feast 3rd Sun. Sept.
Natività di Maria Vergine, Montjovet, Aosta Valley, Italy. Parish church consecrated, 1837. Festa Sept. 8.
Madonna di Piazza Vecchia, Piazza Armerina, Enna, Sicily, Italy. Procession.
Madonna della Grotta, Ardore, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy, Bombile district
Madonna del Castello, Castrovillari, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Madonna della Croce, Noci, Bari, Apulia, Italy. Festa; solemn mass, procession.
Otome-toge Maria, Tsuwano, Kanoashi, Shimane, Chugoku, Japan. Festival of the Pass of Mary.
Matka Boża Nauczycielka Młodzieży, Warsaw, Poland, Siekierki district (Mother of God, the Teacher of Young Persons). Apparitions beginning May 3, 1943.
Matka Boża Kalwaryjska, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Wadowice, Malopolska, Poland (Calvary Mother of God). Icon wept blood, 1641.
Nossa Senhora do Castelo, Idanha-a-Nova, Castelo Branco, Centro, Portugal, Monsanto district (May 3 or Sunday after)
Nuestra Señora de los Santos, Aldeacentenera, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of the Saints). Romería. Fiesta Aug. 15.
Nuestra Señora de la Cruz, Usagre, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of the Cross). Romería. 
Virgen de Las Cruces, Saceruela, Ciudad Real, Castille-La Mancha, Spain (Virgin of the Crosses). Romería.
Virgen de la Cruz, Lezuza, Albacete, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
Virgen de los Remedios, Aguilar, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain. Romería.
Nuestra Señora de Consolación, Castellar, Jaén, Andalucia, Spain. Town patron. Romería.
Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, Ibros, Jaén, Andalucia, Spain
Virgen de Gracia, Mahón, Minorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. Chapel blessed, 1491. Fiesta Sept. 8.
Our Lady of the Mississippi, Dubuque, Iowa, USA. Abbey church dedicated, 1969.
Our Lady of the Forest, Sag Bridge, Illinois, USA, St. James Church
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly