August 18

Królowa Rózanca Swietego, Wysokie Kolo, Gniewoszów, Kozienice, Masovia, Poland

During the Polish-Muscovite war in the 1600s, Marianna Kalinowska's husband, butler to the ruler of Czerwonogrod (now in the Ukraine), was held captive in Moscow. She accompanied him there, returning after his death with an icon of the Mother of God. In 1677, she gave the image to a relative in Lviv, Anthony Christopher Bębnowskiemu, who took it to Zarudzia, near Zamość in southeastern Poland.   

There, three times, he dreamed Mary told him, "I weep because I am forgotten. I want you to give me to an empty church in Wysokie Kolo." Anthony went with Polish forces to the battle of Vienna in 1683, and on his return, fulfilled Mary's request by giving the icon to the church of St. Nicholas in Wysokie Kolo, 63 miles southeast of Warsaw. Under the Dominican Order, the church was rebuilt as a Marian shrine under the title Queen of the Holy Rosary.

The icon is of the hodegetria type: Mary holds the infant in her left arm, gesturing toward him with her right hand; but here, her right hand holds a rose. Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski crowned the image on August 18, 1974.

From Sanktuarium NMP
Królowej Różańca Św. w
Wysokim Kole

Also commemorated this date:

Stella Maris, Argentina (Star of the Sea)
Bruine Lieve Vrouw, Lier, Antwerp, Belgium (Dear Brown Lady). Miracle of healing, 1632.
Notre-Dame de la Faye, Aurec-sur-Loire, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, France. Statue crowned, 1938. Pilgrimage last Sun. Aug.
Immaculée-Conception, Aurillac, Cantal, Auvergne, France. Gothic chapel consecrated, 1862.
Fintenmadonna, Bergweiler, Bernkastel-Wittlich, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Annual pilgrimage Sun. before St. Helen's Day (Aug. 18)
Madonna della Bassa, Rubiana, Torino, Piedmont, Italy. Sanctuary consecrated, 1713. Festa Sun. after Aug. 15.
Beata Vergine Addolorata, Bergamo, Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy (Sorrowful Blessed Virgin). Fresco miraculously illuminated, 1602.
Madonna del Pedancino, Cismon del Grappa, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. Statue swept away in flood, 1748; crowned, 1924.
Madonna del Rosario, Fontanellato, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Statue crowned, 1660; commemorated Aug. 15.
Madonna di San Pietro, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Tuscany, Italy (Madonna of St. Peter). Festa & Palio.
Madonna del Monte, Bolognano, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy (Madonna of the Mount)
Madonna della Catena, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Madonna of the Chain). Prisoners' chains broke, 1392.
Madonna della Sciara, Mascalucia, Catania, Sicily, Italy, Mompilieri district. Statue found after 1669 Etna eruption, 1704.
Madonna della Consolazione, Rotonda, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
Stella Maris, Sliema, Malta (August 18 or Sunday after)
Virgen del Rayo, Cuyoaco, Puebla, Mexico
Matka Świętorodzinna, Studzianna, Opoczno, Łódź, Poland (Mother of the Holy Family). Painting crowned, 1968.
Divina Pastora, Cambados, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain (Divine Shepherdess)

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly