Second Sunday in August

Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes, Armação de Pêra, Silves, Algarve, Portugal

Fishermen and mariners of coastal Portugal have long called on Our Lady for help at sea. Near the village of Armação de Pêra, their ex votos line the walls of the shrine of Our Lady of the Rock, established in the 1500s atop a seacliff. Around the same time, during the age of exploration, devotion to the Virgin under the title Our Lady of Navigators became popular in the region and was carried by Portuguese seamen to Brazil. In 1960, a new parish church was dedicated to Our Lady of the Navigators in Armação de Pêra, now a beach resort, where her festa has become a summer attraction culminating on the second Sunday in August. On Saturday, on the beach by an old stone fortress, there are community games, such as sack and swim racing, pillow fighting, and a greased pole. At night, music, dancing, and awarding of game prizes take place in the fort. On Sunday, Solemn Mass takes place at 6:00 pm, followed by processions on land and sea. Members of the Fishermen's Association carry the Virgin's statue from the parish church to the beach and place it in one of many decorated boats that travel together in procession through the waters, stopping along the way for prayers and hymn singing at Our Lady of the Rock or other beaches. After the maritime procession, they return the statue to the church by land. Fireworks conclude the festivities.   


bulletAlexandre Gonçalves, "Armação de Pêra em festa," - Fotografia Online, Aug. 16, 2005,
bulletGonçalo Pinheiro, "Festa da senhora dos navegantes 2010!!," Armação de pêra, Aug. 13, 2010, (photo)
bullet"Igreja Matriz de Armação de Pêra," Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre

Also commemorated this date:

bulletOur Lady of Lourdes, Kronau, Saskatchewan, Canada
bulletNotre Dame du Rocher, La Meyze, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France. Mass at chapel.
bulletMadonna di Bonora, Montefiore Conca, Rimini, Emilia Romagna, Italy. Also 2nd Sun. May.
bulletMadonna del Rifugio, Veroli, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
bulletSanta Maria Annunziata, Fiumedinisi, Messina, Sicily, Italy. Festa grande, every 5 years or so. Annual festa March 25.
bulletMadonna del Monte Carmelo, Cerami, Enna, Sicily, Italy
bulletMadonna Annunziata, Bronte, Catania, Sicily, Italy (every 3 years: 2012, 2015)
bulletMaria Santissima delle Grazie, Castel di Iudica, Catania, Sicily, Italy
bulletMadonna della Provvidenza, Zafferana Etnea, Catania, Sicily, Italy
bulletMaria Santissima delle Grazie, Piedimonte Etnea, Catania, Sicily, Italy, Presa district
bulletMadonna del Carmine, Anoia, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna del Carmine, Brancaleone, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna del Carmine & Madonna delle Grazie, San Pietro di Caridà, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy, alternate years 
bulletMaria Santissima delle Grazie, San Roberto, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy, Samperi district
bulletMadonna di Porto Salvo, Soverato, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna dello Sparviere, Alessandria del Carretto, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna degli Scolari, Laino Castello, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletMaria Santissima delle Grazie, Genzano di Lucania, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
bulletMaria Santissima del Carmelo, Rionero in Vulture, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy. Town patron.
bulletSanta Maria del Perpetuo Soccorso, Agromonte Mileo, Latronico, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy 
bulletSanta Maria del Rosario, Filiano, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
bulletMadonna della Stella, Craco Peschiera, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
bulletSenhora dos Milagres, Feitos, Barcelos, Braga, Norte, Portugal
bulletNossa Senhora das Brotas, Pedra Furada, Barcelos, Braga, Norte, Portugal (Our Lady of the Sprouts). Festa.
bulletSenhora da Franqueira, Pereira, Barcelos, Braga, Norte, Portugal. Romaria.
bulletSenhora das Águas Santas, Rio Covo, Barcelos, Braga, Norte, Portugal (Lady of the Holy Waters)
bulletNossa Senhora da Piedade, Sanfins do Douro, Norte, Portugal
bulletNossa Senhora do Viso, Custóias, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Guarda, Douro, Norte, Portugal 
bulletNossa Senhora das Necessidades, Vila Nova de Poiares, Coimbra, Centro, Portugal
bulletNossa Senhora da Guia, Vila Real, Vila Real, Douro, Norte, Portugal, Adoufe district
bulletNossa Senhora da Saúde, Santo André das Tojeiras, Castelo Branco, Centro, Portugal (Our Lady of Health)
bulletNossa Senhora da Piedade, Urqueira, Ourém, Santarém, Centro, Portugal (Our Lady of Pity)
bulletNuestra Señora la Divina Peregrina, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain
bulletVirgen del Agua, Castellote, Teruel, Aragon, Spain
bulletVirgen de Oca, Villafranca Montes de Oca, Burgos, Castile and León, Spain. Romería, mass, dances.
bulletVirgen del Consuelo, Mantiel, Guadalajara, Castilla la Mancha, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de la Esperanza, La Redondela, Isla Cristina, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain (Our Lady of Hope
bulletVirgen del Rosario, Juviles, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly