Sunday after the Assumption (August 15)

Notre-Dame des Oliviers, Murat, Cantal, Auvergne, France

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The old statue 
(from Base Palissy)

The new one (from "Vierges noires," New Directions, May 2010, Anglican Association)

Nestled among rocky outcrops in central France, the medieval town of Murat surrounds the collegiate church of Our Lady of the Olive Trees, built in the 1300s. The church housed a Black Virgin statue said to have been brought from the Holy Land by St. Louis in the 1200s, but which the French Ministry of Culture dated to the late 1400s (La Médiathèque de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Base Palissy), about the time of a fire the statue was supposed to have miraculously escaped. The Black Virgin of Murat was crowned on June 18, 1878. At the same time, a monumental statue, Notre Dame de la Haute Auvergne, was erected on Bonnevie Rock overlooking the town (above). Since the statue of Our Lady of the Olive Trees was stolen in 1983, a replica has been used for devotional purposes. The annual fête of Notre Dame des Oliviers on the Sunday after August 15 begins with a procession the night before. Men carry the statue of Our Lady of the Olive Trees from the church up the mountain to Our Lady of Haute-Auvergne and back again by torchlight, accompanied by a throng of singing pilgrims. Our Lady of the Olive Trees is invoked against storms and to help pregnant women, the sick, and consecrated religious. (Information from "NOTRE DAME DES OLIVIERS (Murat)," Diocèse de Saint Flour. Photo of Notre Dame de la Haute Auvergne overlooking the town taken August 12, 2009 by bergre, "Murat," Flickr - Photo Sharing!.)

Also commemorated this day:

Onze-Lieve-Vrouw, Aarschot, Flemish Brabant, Flanders, Belgium (formerly)
Our Lady of Lourdes, Cooks Creek, Manitoba, Canada
Our Lady of Lourdes, Kaposvar, Saskatchewan, Canada
Nanebevzetí Panny Marie, Cholina, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Notre-Dame de Grâce, Ardres, Pas-de-Calais, France
Notre Dame de la Clarté, Beuzec-Cap-Sizun, Finistère, Brittany, France
Notre Dame de Callot, Carantec, Finistère, Brittany, France
Notre Dame de Crénénan, Ploërdut, Morbihan, Brittany, France
Notre-Dame de la Tronchaye, Rochefort-en-Terre, Morbihan, Brittany, France
Notre Dame de Savault, Ouroux-en-Morvan, Nièvre, Burgundy, France. Mass and picnic.
Notre Dame de Vaulry, Vaulry, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
Notre Dame des Montagnes, Pailherols, Cantal, Auvergne, France
Notre Dame de la Réconciliation, Remelfang, Moselle, Lorraine, France. Pilgrimage with masses in French and German.
Notre-Dame d'Aigremont, Roulans, Doubs, Franche-Comté, France
Notre-Dame de Centeilles, Siran, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Glorreichen Jungfrau, Warendorf, Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Glorious Virgin)
Maria Sand, Herbolzheim, Emmendingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Madonna delle Grazie, Castiglione d'Orcia, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Beata Vergine del Faggio, Montecopiolo, Pesaro e Urbino, Marche, Italy
Madonna dei Cappuccini, Sant'Agata Feltria, Pesaro e Urbino, Marche, Italy
Madonna di Porto Salvo, Gaeta, Latina, Latium, Italy
Madonna della Pace, Agosta, Roma, Latium, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Barrea, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Civitella Roveto, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy. Music, sunset procession.
Madonna della Stella, Sessa Cilento, Salerno, Campania, Italy
Madonna del Soccorso, Canna, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy 
L'Immacolata, Feroleto Antico, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
Madonna di Pompei, Botricello, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
Madonna della Catena, Librizzi, Messina, Sicily, Italy
Muttergottes, Bildchen, Vianden, Luxembourg
Santa Marija, Zebbug, Gozo, Malta
Otorowska Pani, Otorowo, Szamotuły, Greater Poland, Poland (Lady of Otorowo)
Nossa Senhora de Belém, Retaxo, Portugal
Nossa Senhora da Graça, Gaula, Madeira, Algarve, Portugal
Marija v Velesovo, Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Upper Carniola, Slovenia. Procession with statue from former convent.
Virgen de Atisca, Navajún, La Rioja, Spain
Virgen del Moral, Los Tojos, Saja-Nansa, Cantabria, Spain
Nuestra Señora de Contrueces, Girón, Asturias, Spain
Our Lady of the Assumption, Aylesford, Kent, England, UK

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly