July 22

Our Lady of Zarvanytsia, Zarvanytsia, Berezhany, Ternopil, Ukraine

In the 1200s, a monk fleeing the Mongol invasion of Kiev stopped along the banks of the Stryi River in western Ukraine, at Zarvanytsia. After dreaming of the Mother of God, he awoke to a bright light that led him to an icon of her with the holy Child. He stayed there, building a chapel for the icon and then a monastery, which soon gathered many pilgrims and many reports of miraculous healings before the Virgin's image. During the Soviet occupation, the icon was hidden. But from August 28, 1957 to August 28, 1958 (Feast of the Dormition), pilgrims saw a mysterious supernatural light at the site, like a silver net, and an apparition of the crowned Mother and Child. On September 26, 1962, eight girls saw the Virgin holding a candle there. In 1997, a new Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Mother of God of Zarvanytsia was begun. Blessed on July 22, 2000, the church is a magnet for pilgrims from May to October. (Information from Google's cache of www.zarvanytsia.org.ua. Photo by Ivan Yasny from Romko Malko, "Zarvanytsya," Welcome to Ukraine, ww.wumag.kiev.ua/index2.php?param=pgs20043/22.)  

Also celebrated this date:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Carmel, Saskatchewan, Canada. Annual pilgrimage to hilltop shrine Sun. after July 16 since July 22, 1923. Statue blessed July 22, 1928.
Notre-Dame de l'Espérance, Thierenbach, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France. Pietà crowned, 1935; feast on a Sunday in May.
Notre Dame de Sauvagnac, Sauvagnac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France. Statue crowned, 1951. Pilgrimage Sunday nearest Sept. 8.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Ballinspittle, Cork, Ireland. Statue appeared to move, 1985.
Santa Maria delle Stelle, Cagli, Pesaro e Urbino, Marche, Italy. In a starry mantle, Mary walked with pilgrims, 1494.
Maria SS. Avvocata Nostra, Vicovaro, Roma, Latium, Italy. Painting's eyes appeared to move, July 22, 1796, and July 22, 1863.
Santa Maria del Bosco, Contessa Entellina, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (St. Mary of the Woods). Church consecrated, 1309.
Koloch Icon of the Mother of God, Koloch', Moscow, Russia (July 9 Julian)
Nuestra Señora de Aguas Santas, Chaián/Trazo, La Coruña, Galicia, Spain (Our Lady of the Holy Waters). Romería.
Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Cádiz, Cádiz, Andalucia, Spain. Statue crowned, 2007. Feast July 16.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly