June 20

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La Consolata, Turin, Piedmont, Italy

La Consolata, Our Lady of Consolation, is a Byzantine-style icon said to have been painted by St. Luke and given to St. Maximus, Bishop of Turin, by St. Eusebius of Cremona, Abbot of Bethlehem (d. 423), then hidden during the iconoclastic period. In 1014, the Marquis of Ivrea received a vision of the Virgin at his sickbed, who requested a chapel to "La Consolata" in St. Andrew's Church. On fulfilling her request, he regained his health and discovered the old icon in the church crypt. But St. Andrew's was soon destroyed by civil war. In 1104, a blind man in France dreamed of a painting of the Virgin under the ruins of a church in Turin. Believing that Our Lady would restore his sight if he restored her honor, the man journeyed to Italy and convinced a number of people to start digging. On June 20, 1104, they uncovered the remains of the chapel and the undamaged icon of La Consolata, an event celebrated during the annual festa on this date. However, the image now over the sanctuary's altar (left) is a 1400s copy of another icon ascribed to St. Luke, the Roman Madonna del Popolo. (Information from Basilica Santuario della Consolata, www.laconsolata.org and Consolata Missionaries, www.consolata.ca; image from FdM - Portale della Famiglia del Murialdo, www.murialdo.org.)  

Also celebrated this date:

Nuestra Señora del Rosario del Milagro, Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina. Statue found, 1592; fiesta Sat. before 1st Sun. in October.
Uznesenja Blažene Djevice Marije, Široki Brijeg, Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Cornerstone laid, 1905.
Notre Dame de l'Arche d'Alliance, Paris, France. Church consecrated, 1998.
Notre-Dame-de-Consolation, Aosta, Aosta Valley, Italy
S. Maria delle Grazie, Arezzo, Toscana, Italy. Painting crowned, 1987.
Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Rome, Italy. Child saved from drowning in the Tiber, 1325.
Madonna della Pace, Supino, Frosinone, Latium, Italy. Floral offering.
Divina Pastora, Siparia, Saint Patrick, Trinidad and Tobago. Est. 1758; new church consecrated, 1965; feast 2nd Sun. after Easter.
Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead, Horsham, West Sussex, South East England, United Kingdom

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly