Vierge de l'Invention, Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, Pyrénées-Orientales,
Also commemorated this date:
|The story goes that a herder, pasturing cattle in the Forest of Calme,
noticed a bull repeatedly leave the herd and paw fiercely at the ground
near a spring. Unable to control the animal, the exasperated herder struck
at it, but stopped in joyous amazement when he saw that the bull had
uncovered a buried statue of the Virgin and Child.
He ran to tell the parishioners of Odeillo, who built a chapel at the site
of the "invention" or discovery of the statue. The site became
known as Font-Romeu, Pilgrim Spring.
The gilt wood statue known as the Vierge de l'Invention, 26" high,
is usually dated to the 1200s. From Trinity Sunday to the Virgin's feast
day, September 8, it resides in an elaborate baroque altarpiece in the
chapel of Font-Romeu. Then it moves for the winter to another gilt baroque
altarpiece in St. Martin's Church in Odeillo. In that church is also
another Romanesque seated Virgin, the Madone d'Odeillo, of the 1100s, with
the child in a more central position.
Cardinal Louis Dubois, Archbishop of Paris, crowned the statue of the
Vierge de l'Invention on August 4, 1926.
|"Ermitage de Font-Romeu," Histoire du
|"font-romeu," Foi et Spiritualité
Chrétienne - Département des Landes,
|Ministère de la culture - palissy,
|Madonna del Penna, Monte Penna, Genova, Liguria, Italy. Statue placed on
|Madonna del Bosco, Ozegna, Torino, Piedmont, Italy (Madonna of the Woods).
Sanctuary consecrated, 1662.|
|Madonna dell'Apparizione, Pellestrina, Venezia, Veneto, Italy. Painting
came to life, 1716. Regatta 1st Sunday in August.|
|Madonnina del Grappa, Crespano del Grappa, Treviso, Veneto, Italy. Statue
blessed, 1901. Pilgrimage 1st Sunday in August.|
|Madonna del Carmine, Colle Sannita, Benevento, Campania, Italy. Festa.|
|Madonna Addolorata, Naples, Italy, Statue crowned, 1935. Festa Sept. 15.|
|Madonna del Grappa. Montegrappa, Tuglie, Lecce, Apulia, Italy (Madonna of
the Brandy). Statue blessed, 1901. |
|Mediatrix of All Graces, Aokpe, Okpokwu, Benue, Nigeria. Anniversary of
first public apparition to Christiana Agbo, 1995.|
|Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, Bilbao, Biscay, Basque Country, Spain. First stone of convent placed, 1515. Feast March 25.|