May 6

marian calendar     may

Sainte Marie Majeure, Marseille, France

The first cathedral built in France after two centuries of religious upheaval, Marseille's "New Major" cathedral in Roman-Byzantine style replaced the "Old Major" romanesque cathedral of the 1100s. Prince-President Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte placed the first stone September 26, 1852. The massive church was not finished until the 1890s. Pope Leo XIII declared it a basilica minor on January 24, 1896, and it was consecrated on May 6, 1897. Some 6,000 people, many of Neapolitan descent, participate in the Madonna's procession on the feast of the Assumption, August 15. Information from "Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille," Wikipédia, Photo of procession provided for "La Major au quotidien," Marseille : la Cathédrale de la Major, by Fr. Alain Ottonello, Cathedral curate.   

Also commemorated this date:

Notre-Dame-Trouvée, Pouilly-en-Auxois, Côte-d'Or, Burgundy, France. Fête celebrated finding of statue in 1200s, stolen in 1980.
Notre-Dame d'Aubespeyre, Aubespeyre, Cantal, Auvergne, France. Statue destroyed at Rev. New statue blessed, 1886. Fête July 2.
Segíto Szuzanya, Szigetvár-Turbék, Baranya, Hungary (Virgin Mother Helper). Painting installed, 1741.
Madonna delle Grazie, Costa di Folgaria, Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. Pilgrimage. Festa Sept. 8.
Madonna delle Grazie, Piove di Sacco, Padova, Veneto, Italy. Festa del voto commemorates liberation from plague of 1631.
Santa Maria di Cotrino, Latiano, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy. Festa.
Onze Lieve Vrouw van Renkum, Renkum, Gelderland, Netherlands. Return of 1300s statue to church after 300 years, 1928.
Matka Boża z Gruszką, Parczew, Lublin, Poland (Mother of God of the Pear). 1500s painting crowned May 6, 2000.
Virgen de Belén, Almansa, Albacete, Castilla La Mancha, Spain. Patronal feast. Romería following Sunday. Recorrido 3rd Sun. Sept.
Hodegetria Icon of the Mother of God, Lviv, Ukraine (Sunday after St. George's Day, April 23 in the old calendar, May 6 in the new)
Marian Shrine, Stony Point, New York, USA. Rosary Way blessed, 1956.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly