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August 14

Notre-Dame du Scex, Saint-Maurice, Valais, Switzerland

Nestled in a rocky escarpment (a scex, pron. "seh") 400 feet above the town and Abbey of Saint-Maurice, the Chapel of Our Lady of Scex recently celebrated the 1400th anniversary of its founding by Benedictine hermit St. Ame in 611. In the chapel, extensively remodeled in the 1700s and 1950s, an enthroned Virgin and Child from the 1200s occupies a niche high above the altar. Both of the painted wood figures wear crowns, and the Virgin holds an orb, possibly a fruit signifying her role as the New Eve. On August 14, the night before the Feast of the Assumption, pilgrims gather for prayers at the Abbey Basilica, then climb the 484 steps to the chapel for midnight mass. (Information and picture from the Abbey's web site,

Also commemorated this date:

Vigil of the Assumption of Our Lady, Roman Catholic Church
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Hemelvaart, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ten-Poel, Tienen, Flemish Brabant, Flanders, Belgium
Notre-Dame de la Sarte, Huy, Liege, Wallonia, Belgium. Start of 3-day celebration every 7 years (2005, 2012, 2019). 
Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. New church blessed, 1877 (cathedral since 1946). Festa Dec. 8. State patron.
Nossa Senhora Achiropita, São Paulo, Brazil. Procession on floral carpet.
Nossa Senhora da Piedade, Taboão, Rosário Oeste, Brazil
Our Lady of Lourdes, Skaro, Alberta, Canada. Start of 2-day pilgrimage.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Rama, Saskatchewan, Canada. Candlelight procession.
Virgen del Tránsito, El Congo, Santa Ana, El Salvador. Procession.
Virgen del Tránsito, Mejicanos, San Salvador, El Salvador. Procession.
Notre Dame de Rocamadour, Rocamadour, Lot, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Notre Dame des Buis, Péret, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Notre Dame de Vie, Vitrolles, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France (Our Lady of Life)
Ave Maria, Deggingen, Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Eucharist and candlelight procession.
Mutter mit dem gütigen Herzen, Waghäusel, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Mother with the Kind Heart)
Maria Ehrenberg, Motten, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany
Nuestra Señora del Tránsito, Chiquimula, Chiquimula, Guatemala. Main day of week-long fiesta.
Virgen del Tránsito, Joyabaj, Quiché, Guatemala
Madonna della Consolazione, Ghisalba, Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy. Apparition, 1453.
Santissima Icona, Spoleto, Perugia, Umbria, Italy. Procession.
Madonna Assunta, Orvieto, Terni, Umbria, Italy. Procession.
Madonna di Mezz'Agosto, Priverno, Latina, Latium, Italy
Madonna del Romitorio, San Vincenzo Vecchio, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy. Torchlight procession.
Madonna di Betlem, Sassari, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
Madonna Dormiente, Massa di Somma, Napoli, Campania, Italy
Maria Assunta, Ariano Irpino, Avellino, Campania, Italy. Image crowned, 1966.
Madonna della Misericordia, Fontanarosa, Avellino, Campania, Italy (Madonna of Mercy). Procession with 100' obelisk.
Maria Santissima di Trapani, Terrasini, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Madonna di Cacciapensieri, Cammarata, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Madonna Dormiente, Randazzo, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Dormizione, Montebello Ionico, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
Madonna dei Fiori, Diamante, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Madonna di Lourdes, Orsomarso, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Madonna della Grotta, Praia a Mare, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Maria Santissima dei Termini, Gasperina, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy. Torchlight procession.
Madonna del Bosco, Spinazzola, Bari, Apulia, Italy
Švc. Mergele Marija Nuliudusiuju Paguoda, Pivašiunai, Alytaus, Lithuania (Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Comfort of the Sorrowful). Icon crowned, 1988. Feast Aug. 15.
Asunción de María, Léon, Nicaragua. Gritería Chiquita commemorates cessation of volcanic eruption in 1947.
Matka Boska Fatimska, Wadowice, Wadowice, Lesser Poland, Poland. Statue crowned, 1992.
Matka Boża Bieszczadzka, Jasień, Ustrzyki Dolne, Bieszczady, Subcarpathia, Poland. Icon crowned, 1921.
Santa Maria da Vitória, Batalha, Leiria, Pinhal Litoral, Centro, Portugal. King John I vowed to build monastery, 1385.
Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Península de Setúbal, Lisboa, Portugal (Our Lady of Good Voyage)
Nossa Senhora da Orada, Albufeira, Faro, Algarve, Portugal
Madona Žitného Ostrova, Dunajská Lužná, Senec, Bratislava, Slovakia. Healing, 1747. Feast Sat. after Aug. 15.
Mare de Déu del Cós, Montagut, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Nuestra Señora de Butarque, Leganés, Madrid, Spain. Apparition, 1117. Fiesta August 15.
Virgen de la Piedad, Almendralejo, Extremadura, Spain
Virgen de la Piedad, Quintanar de la Orden, Albacete, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. Statue crowned, 2007.
Nuestra Señora del Socorro, Rociana del Condado, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain. Statue crowned, 2004; procession with statue from shrine to church. Festa and return to shrine Sept. 8.
Virgen de Guía, Villanueva del Duque, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain. Romería.
Mary Garden, Annapolis, Maryland, USA. Garden dedicated, 1988.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly