July 12

Kasperov Icon of the Mother of God, Kherson, Kherson, Ukraine

In 1840, in a village on the banks of the Dniepr, as Mrs. Kasperov was praying before her old Transylvanian icon late at night, she witnessed the age-darkened faces of the Mother and Child brighten and become clear. The renovation persisted, soon accompanied by miracles of healing. As devotion to the icon spread, the town of Kherson instituted an annual procession with it at the Feast of the Ascension. During the Crimean War, the procession moved to the city of Odessa, which remained unharmed. Thereafter, the Kasperov Icon has made an annual rotation among Odessa, Kherson, and the towns of Nikolaev and Kasperovka. July 12 (June 29 in the old calendar), the icon's last day in Kherson, is celebrated as its feast, along with October 1/14 and the Wednesday after Easter.  (Information and picture from Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Washington, D.C., stjohndc.org.)  

Also celebrated this date:
bulletNossa Senhora de Natividade, Natividade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pilgrimage on anniversary of 1967 apparition of Mary to Dr. Fausto de Faria and appearance of mysterious hematite in his hand. Mass and immersion of stone.
bulletOur Lady of Lourdes, Wollaston Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. Grotto blessed, 1981.
bulletNotre-Dame, Coutances, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France. Cathedral dedicated, early 1200s; feast December 8.


Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly