July 2

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Our Lady of the Visitation, Piat, Cagayan, Philippines

When Dominican friars from Macao arrived in Piat in 1604, the province of Cagayan was dominated by warring tribes. As miracles accumulated around the friars' papier-mâché image of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, conversions increased, and converts from antagonistic groups united in devotion to the Virgin. In 1623, a shrine was built outside of Piat and the statue brought there in procession. The next day, December 27, the chapel was blessed. Its title was later changed to Our Lady of the Visitation, perhaps after 1737, when on July 2, then the Feast of the Visitation, its roof caved in on a small child found alive after prayers to the Virgin. The statue was canonically crowned in 1954. A new temple, begun in 1988, was dedicated July 18, 1995 by Jaime Cardinal Sin. The Sambali festival leading up to the July 2 feast day involves a costumed dance reenactment of battles between the local tribes and the eventual victory of Christianity. (Picture & history from official website of our lady of piat, www.piatbasilica.com. Festival info from www.lutongbahay.com.)   

Because the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of the Visitation on July 2 for a very long period, from 1263 to 1969, many communities still honor Mary under this or associated titles on this date. Particularly in Italy, the visit of pregnant Mary to her pregnant cousin Elizabeth has been linked with her role as bringer of divine grace, and many towns celebrate the Madonna delle Grazie on July 2.

Also commemorated this date:

Transfer of the Mantle of the Theotokos at Blachernae, Melkite Greek Catholic Church
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Roman Catholic Church (formerly; now May 31)
Onze Lieve Vrouw ter Zwaluwen, Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium
Onze Lieve Vrouw ter Hulpe, Esen, Diksmuide, West Flanders, Belgium, Esen (Our Lady of Help). Start of novena.
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Lombardsijde, Middelkerke, West Flanders, Belgium
Onze Lieve Vrouw ten Doorn, Moregem, Wortegem-Petegem, West Flanders, Belgium (Our Lady of the Hawthorne)
Onze Lieve Vrouw van Lubbeek, Lubbeek, Flemish Brabant, Belgium 
Notre-Dame du Rempart, Charleroi, Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium. Chapel inaugurated, 1682, soon after statue found in town wall.
Our Lady of the Rosary, Merlin, Ontario, Canada
Nuestra Señora del Campo, Bogotá, Colombia
Notre-Dame-de-Beauvais, Le Theil-de-Bretagne, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France
Notre-Dame de Bon-Secours, Val-d'Izé, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France (Our Lady of Good Help). Former fête & pilgrimage.
Notre-Dame-d'Etang, Velars-sur-Ouche, Côte d'Or, Burgundy, France 
Notre-Dame de Vassivière, Besse-en-Chandesse, Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne, France
Notre-Dame d'Err, Err, Pyrénées-Orientales, Roussillon, France
Notre Dame du Mont Thabor, Le Monêtier-les-Bains, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, France. Pilgrimage.
Maria vom Blut, Bergatreute, Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Mary of Blood)
Maria Heimsuchung, Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany (Visitation of Mary)
Maria Hilf, Amberg, Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany (Mary Help)
Maria Hilf, Passau, Bavaria, Germany (nearest Sunday)
Madonna Parè, Limana, Belluno, Veneto, Italy
Madonna della Crocetta, Castel di Godego, Treviso, Veneto, Italy. Apparition, 1420.
Madonna della Visitazione, Loana, Savona, Liguria, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Tovo San Giacomo, Savona, Liguria, Italy
Madonna della Cappelletta, Masone, Savona, Liguria, Italy (Madonna of the Little Chapel)
Nostra Signora di Montallegro, Rapallo, Genoa, Italy
Nostra Signora dell’Acqua Santa, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie al Sasso, Florence, Italy
Madonna dell'Oliva, Assisi, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Santa Maria Liberatrice, Rome, Italy (nearest Sunday)
Madonna delle Grazie, Itri, Latina, Latium, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Esperia, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Teramo, Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna della Valle, Taranta Peligna, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna dell'Oliveto, Fara San Martino, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Villa Santa Maria, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Corvara, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Città Sant'Angelo, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Pianella, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna del Piano, Molise, Molise, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Vastogirardi, Isernia, Molise, Italy
Santa Maria della Macchia, Petrella Salto, Rieti, Latium, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Itri, Latina, Latium, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Esperia, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
Madonna della Colomba, Atena Lucana, Salerno, Campania, Italy (Our Lady of the Dove)
Madonna delle Grazie, Benevento, Benevento, Campania, Italy
Maria Santissima delle Grazie, Alia, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Isola delle Femmine, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Montevago, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Gela, Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy
Vergine delle Grazie, Fiandaca, Acireale, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Laganadi, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
Maria Santissima delle Grazie, Villa San Giovanni, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy (Pezzo district)
Madonna delle Grazie, Motta Santa Lucia, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Aiello Calabro, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Lattarico, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Madonna della Bruna, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Albano di Lucania, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Nemoli, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Latronico, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Pescopagano, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Satriano di Lucania, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Muro Lucano, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna del Canneto, Castrignano del Capo, Lecce, Puglia, Italy
Santa Maria della Libera, Rodi Garganico, Foggia, Puglia, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Surano, Lecce, Puglia, Italy
Matka Boża Lipska, Lubawa, Iława, Warmia-Masuria, Poland
Matka Miłosierdzia, Skarżysko-Kamienna, Skarżysko, Świętokrzyskie, Poland. Icon crowned, 2005.
Virgen de la Salud, Aliva, Liébana, Cantabria, Spain.
Virgen de la Salud, Camaleño, Liébana, Cantabria, Spain
Virgen de los Remedios, Ruiloba, Occidente, Cantabria, Spain
Virgen de los Remedios, Ongayo, Suances, Besaya, Cantabria, Spain
Virgen de La Antigua, Zumárraga, Guipúzcoa, Basque Country, Spain. Romería.
Nuestra Señora de Montgarri, Naut Aran, Aran Valley, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain
Virgen de Santa Isabel, Buesa, Sobrarbe, Huesca, Aragon, Spain (Virgen de Bun)
Virgen de la Fuente, Gómara, Soria, Castile and León, Spain
Virgen Peregrina, Sahagún, León, Spain (Pilgrim Virgin)
Virgen del Mercado, Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos, Castile and León, Spain (Virgin of the Market). Town patron.
Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Our Lady of Madhu, Wanni, Sri Lanka
Unsere Liebe Frau im Eigenthal, Schwarzenberg, Lucerne, Switzerland. Plague chapel consecrated, 1517. 
Maria Heimsuchung, Stans, Nidwalden, Switzerland. Feast day of Mettenweg Chapel.
Maria Heimsuchung, Leukerbad, Leuk, Valais, Switzerland
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly