Matka Boska Leśniowska, Żarki, Myszków, Silesia, Poland
The story goes that in the summer of 1382, when Prince Ladislaus of Opole was
taking the Black Madonna icon to its new home in Czestochowa, his men were
unable to find water while crossing the parched plateau north of Krakow. They
prayed to the Mother of God for relief, and a spring arose. In thanks, Ladislaus
left a 28” lindenwood statue of the Virgin and Child at Leśniów Spring, around
which a monastery and shrine complex evolved. The statue now resides on the main
altar there in the Church of the Visitation. On August 13, 1967, Cardinal Stefan
Wyszyński, Primate of Poland, crowned the image. Associated with many miracles
and healings during her 700-year stay in Poland, the Blessed Mother of Leśniów
is honored with special pilgrimages on July 2 (former feast of the Visitation)
and the nearest Sunday. (Information and picture from the shrine's site, "LESNIÓW,"
Parafia Rzymskokatolicka w Pustkowie Osiedlu, pustkow.freehost.pl.)
Also commemorated this date:
|Our Lady Refuge of Sinners. Listed in the pre-1962 Roman Missal as a
feast "in some places."|
|Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Ten-Hogen-Wijngaard, Diest, Flemish Brabant,
Flanders, Belgium. Chapel dedicated, 1323.|
|Notre-Dame aux Bois Bénits, Visé, Liège, Wallonia, Belgium, Argenteau
district. Chapel consecrated, 1851.|
|Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte, Cachoeira, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Four-day festa begins with procession & mass.|
|Notre Dame du Rhin, Rhinau, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France. Monument
commemorates fatal accident Aug. 13, 1861.|
|Coeur Immaculé de Marie, Aurillac, Cantal, Auvergne, France. First
stone of new Carmelite church placed, 1874.|
|Notre Dame de Pitié, Charvensod, Valle d'Aosta, Italy. Church
|Madonna delle Grazie, Pordenone, Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia,
Italy. Shrine consecrated, 1921.||
|Santa Maria della Visitazione, Santa Marinella, Roma, Latium, Italy.
Sanctuary consecrated, 1988.|
|Santa Maria Assunta, Marsicovetere, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy.
Statue carried to mountain shrine; returns Aug. 15. Prosciutto
|Matka Miłościwa, Lutynia, Dobrzyca, Pleszew, Greater Poland,
Poland (Mother of Love). Icon crowned, 1972.|
|Nossa Senhora do Mar, Almada, Setúbal, Lisbon, Portugal (Our Lady
of the Sea). New chapel on naval base blessed, 1955.|
|Virgen del Campo, Cabezón de la Sal, Valle del Saja, Cantabria,
Spain (Virgin of the Field). Romería.|
|Nuestra Señora de la Antigua, La Haba, Badajoz, Extremadura, Sparin.
Start of vigil ending August 16.|
|Nuestra Señora de Altagracia, Siruela, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain.
Translation to parish church. Fiesta Aug. 15.|
|Nuestra Señora del Olvido, Triunfo y Misericordias, Guadalajara,
Castile-La Mancha, Spain. Apparitions, 1831. Fiesta Aug. 15. |