Madonna dell'UmiltÓ, Pistoia, Tuscany,
In 1383, Paolo Serafini painted the fresco
of the Madonna of Humility for the chapel of Santa Maria Forisportam (St.
Mary Outside the Gate) outside town. A century later, Pistoia erupted in
bloody civil strife. On July 17, 1490, a group of people took refuge in
the chapel. While praying, they saw drops of sweat pour from the Virgin's
face onto her clothing. Some witnesses rang the bell, while others ran to
spread the news. The combat ended, and both sides ran to see the miracle.
A magnificent new sanctuary, renamed for the painting, was dedicated at
the site December 31, 1582. The image shows the Madonna seated on a
cushion on the floor, nursing the child at her right breast. The Basilica
celebrates the feast of the Madonna of Humility on July 17 with solemn
mass and vespers. See its website,
(Picture from "Madonna dell'UmiltÓ - Pistoia - 17 Luglio 1490,"
Maria di nazareth, www.mariadinazareth.it)
Also celebrated this date:
|Madonna dell'Apparizione, Verghereto, Forlý Cesena, Emilia Romagna,
|Madonna del Portico, Rome, Italy. Sapphire icon appeared, 524.||
Boża Szkaplerzna, Czerna, Nowogrodziec, Bolesławiec, Lower
Silesia, Poland (Scapular Mother of God). Icon crowned, 1988.|
|Madonna Łokietkowa, Wiślica, Busko,
Świętokrzyskie, Poland. Early 1300s relief of smiling
Madonna and Child crowned, 1966.|
|Matka Boża Szkaplerzna, Tomaszˇw Lubelski, Lublin, Poland.
Icon crowned, 1994.|
|Nuestra Se˝ora del Carmen, La Orotava, Tenerife, Santa Cruz de
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Statue crowned, 1988.|