Second Sunday in July

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Maria Annunzjata, Balzan, Malta

Balzan's Catholic church was built in the late 1600s. Its altarpiece featured a painting of the Annunciation. In 1859 a new one by Guiseppe Calleja replaced it. But the glory of the parish is the 1868 Annunciation by Maltese woodcarver Salvatore Dimech, with statues of both Our Lady and the Archangel Gabriel, adorned with jeweled haloes donated by parishioners. The kneeling Virgin wears a peacock blue mantle over a scarlet robe. Her dangling earrings and dark brown hair peep from a golden veil. 

The parish does celebrate the liturgical Feast of the Annunciation on March 25 but holds its big festa in honor of Mary's Annunciation on the second Sunday in July. Starting nine days beforehand, the town is decorated with lights. The church holds special masses every afternoon. There are concerts by the St. Gabriel Band Club and the Annunciation Philharmonic Society, and fireworks manufactured and displayed by the March 25 Pyrotechnic Society. On the day of the festa, these groups, and others from around Malta, accompany Mary's statue in procession through the streets.

(Picture and information from the Balzan Parish website,

Also celebrated this date:

Notre-Dame de Foy, Foy-Notre-Dame, Dinant, Namur, Wallonia, Belgium (Our Lady of Faith)
Notre-Dame de Grâce, Berzée, Walcourt, Namur, Wallonia, Belgium
Notre-Dame de Lumière, Chimay, Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium
Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Chamborgneau, Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium
Notre Dame des Affligés, Baugnies, Péruwelz, Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium
Notre Dame de Lourdes, Rigaud, Quebec, Canada
Notre Dame du Bon Voyage, Plogoff, Finistère, Brittany, France (Our Lady of Good Voyage)
Notre-Dame, Canihuel, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France. Pardon: mass, procession from church to grotto.
Notre-Dame de l'Isle, Goudelin, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France
Notre-Dame des Miracles, Saint-Maur-des Fossės, Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Notre Dame d'Aynès, Sénergues, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées, France. Fête: mass, food, games, dancing.
Notre-Dame du Berceau, Fontgillarde, Queyras, Gap, France
Nostra Signora dell'Acqua, Valbrevenna, Genova, Liguria, Italy
Madonna della Creta, Castellazzo Bormida, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Vidor, Treviso, Veneto, Italy
Madonna dell’Angelo, Caorle, Venezia, Veneto, Italy
Madonna di Marina, Venice, Italy
Madre della Consolazione, Bedonia, Parma, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Beata Vergine del Monte Carmelo, Galliera, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy, Antica area
Madonna del Suffragio, Colonnella, Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna del Naufrago, Villasimius, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Madonna del Carmine, Palestrina, Roma, Latium, Italy
Madonna degli Ammalati, Raffadali, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Madonna del Monte, Racalmuto, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
L'Annunziata, Bagaladi, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
Madonna di Monserrato, Vallelonga, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy
Madonna di Corazzo, Castagna, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
Santa Maria di Monserrato, Scigliano, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Madonna del Sovereto, Rivello, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna del Popolo, Cesano, Terlizzi, Bari, Puglia, Italy
Madonna dell'Abbondanza, Cursi, Lecce, Puglia, Italy
Madonna del Pozzo, Squinzano, Lecce, Puglia, Italy
Virgin Mary of Succour, Gozo, Malta
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Gzira, Malta
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Fgura, Malta
Nuestra Señora de Ocotlán, Tlaxcala, Mexico
Nossa Senhora da Livração, Santa Maria da Feira, Aveiro, Norte, Portugal, Ordonhe locality, Argoncilhe parish
Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Pinhão, Douro, Norte, Portugal
Senhora da Serra, Baião, Porto, Norte, Portugal. Romaria.
Nossa Senhora de Antime, Fafe, Porto, Norte, Portugal
Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho, Maia, Porto, Norte, Portugal
Senhora dos Remédios, Penafiel, Porto, Norte, Portugal
Virgen de la Soledad, Aloños, Villacarriedo, Pas-Miera, Cantabria, Spain
Santa María de Iguacel, Castiello de Jaca, Huesca, Aragon, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de la Cereza, Covarrubias, Burgos, Castile and León, Spain (Virgin of the Cherry). Offering during cherry festival.
Virgen de la Cabeza, Priego, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain
St. Mary, Glastonbury, Somerset, England, UK

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly