August 31

Our Lady of Sorrows, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

On August 31, 1843, 1800 men carried shovels and pickaxes from St. Mary's Catholic Church to a new cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. By evening they had built a fine church there. This amazing project, "the church built in a day," was the brainchild of William Walsh, Bishop of Halifax, like many of his flock a native of Ireland. The next morning, he dedicated the new cemetery to the Holy Cross and its church to Our Lady of Sorrows. Later he furnished the chapel with 16th-century sculptures he had brought from Europe. Those Flemish works -- Christ Bearing the Cross, a Crucifixion, and a Lamentation of Christ -- now reside in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. Meticulously crafted fiberglass replicas occupy the cemetery chapel, where mass is celebrated annually on September 15, feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. (Information from Holy Cross Cemetery: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Picture of restored, repolychromed Lamentation from the Canadian Conservation Institute,

Also commemorated this date:

The Placing of the Honorable Sash of the Most Holy Theotokos, Greek Orthodox Church
Maria Middelares, Belgium (Mary Mediatrix)
Oorzaak Onzer Blijdschap, Tongeren, Limburg, Flanders, Belgium (Cause of Our Joy). Statue crowned, 1890.
Notre-Dame des Tables, Montpellier, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Królowa Podlasia, Hodyszewo, Nowe Piekuty, Wysokie Mazowieckie, Podlaskie, Poland (Queen of Podlasia). Painting crowned, 1980.
Matka Boża Kazimierska, Kazimierz Dolny, Puławy, Lublin, Poland. 1500s Annunciation painting crowned, 1986.
Matka Boża Pocieszenia, Jodłówka, Rzezawa, Bochnia, Lesser Poland, Poland (Consoling Mother of God). Icon crowned, 1975.
Nuestra Señora de la Caridad, Loja, Granada, Andalucía, Spain (Our Lady of Charity)
Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje, El Tanque, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (Our Lady of Good Travel)
Caridad del Cobre, Vallehermoso, La Gomera, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, Tamargada district (nearest Sunday)

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly