Last Saturday in May

Mare de DÚu de Can˛lich, Can˛lich, Sant JuliÓ de L˛ria, Andorra

The story goes that on July 14, 1223, a shepherd was pasturing his flock near the village of Can˛lich in southern Andorra, when suddenly a bird with brilliant plumage alit on an outcrop. The shepherd approached, caught the bird with no trouble, and carried it to his house. The next day the bird had disappeared, and again he found it in the field. The sequence recurred three times, but the last time, the shepherd found an image of the Virgin Mary in a niche in the rock. In response to this prodigy, the people of Sant JuliÓ de L˛ria parish decided to build a shrine to the Virgin where her statue was found. Nothing remains of that church. The present sanctuary, containing a baroque altarpiece from a previous shrine, dates from the 1970s. The Romanesque image of the Mother of God of Can˛lich resides in the parish church of Sant JuliÓ y San GermÓ in the urban center of Sant JuliÓ de L˛ria: a wooden statue from the late 1100s, with original polychrome, crowned by the Vatican in 1999. On the last Saturday in May, parishioners gather in Sant JuliÓ de L˛ria for morning fireworks and mass in the Virgin's honor. Then the celebration -- diada or aplec in Catalan -- moves to Can˛lich, for masses at the sanctuary, dancing, and blessing and distribution of bread.   

Sources: 

bullet"Festividad de la Virgen de Can˛lich," Portal TurÝstico de Andorra, www.andorra.ad
bullet"Santuario de Can˛lich," Art Medieval: romÓnic i g˛tic, www.aldeaglobal.net/artmedieval/castella/Santuari%20de%20Canolich.htm
bullet"Sant JuliÓ de Lˇria," EsglÚsia Cat˛lica d'Andorra, www.esglesiacatolica.ad/es/node/57 (photo)

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNostra Signora del Sacro Cuore, Comboni Missionaries, Catholic Church
bulletStella Mattutina, Andretta, Avellino, Campania, Italy, Mattinella district (Morning Star). Festa, procession.
bulletMadonna della Gaggia, Sant'Andrea di Conza, Avellino, Campania, Italy
bulletMadonna della Taverna, Nova Siri, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
bulletMadonna del Furi, Cinisi, Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Last Sat. & Sun.
bulletRegina degli Angeli, Mineo, Catania, Sicily, Italy
bulletSenhora do Rosßrio, Vila Marim, MesŃo Frio, Douro, Norte, Portugal
bulletSanta MarÝa, Ca˝as, La Rioja, Spain. Procession, dances.
bulletVirgen de la Antigua, Villanueva de los Infantes, Ciudad Real, Castilla la Mancha, Spain. Statue crowned, 2000. Fiesta Sept. 8.
bulletNuestra Se˝ora de la Salud, Alcantarilla, Murcia, Spain (Our Lady of Health). RomerÝa & procession; patronal fiestas.
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly