Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Lombeek, Roosdaal, Brabant, Flanders, Belgium.
The town of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Lombeek, voted "prettiest village
in Flemish Brabant" in 2008, was named for its church, Our Lady of
Lombeek, which in turn was named for its stream, the Lombeek.
Our Lady's chapel here was already old by the 1100s, when it began to
be known for miracles. By 1250, it drew so many pilgrims that a larger,
early Gothic church was built to replace it. The statue of the Virgin and
Child is thought to be a later Gothic work of the 1400s. The great wooden
altarpiece, assembled from some 1200 carved pieces, shows scenes from the
life of Mary. It is attributed to Jan Borman of Brussels (d. 1520). In
1974 and 1981, thieves broke in and tore off many pieces. Because of this,
the church is usually closed. Following the recovery of some of the stolen
figures, the altarpiece was restored.
In the days before vaccination, Our Lady of Lombeek was particularly
invoked against whooping cough.
For centuries the the village fair, or kermis, took place on September
8, feast of the Virgin's Nativity, preceded by a sacramental procession the day
before. Now the festivities begin on the first Saturday in September, with a
procession featuring a marching band, riders on horseback, a wooden copy of the
statue of Our Lady, and a priest carrying the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance.
|Hubert De Bolle & Roosdaal, hdbr.be/AZ/O/OOLVROUW.htm |
|"Molen kapitein Zeppos te Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Lombeek met
zijn Brabants retabel," wandelen, www.trekkings.be/vip3olvlombeek.html
(Picture and information)|
Also commemorated this date:
|Mare de Déu de l'Oratori, Encamp, Andorra|
|Madonna delle Grazie delle Colletta, Valstrona, Verbano Cusio Ossola,
Piedmont, Italy, Luzzogno district. Festa w/solemn mass & procession
through fabric tunnel every three years (2018).|
|Madonna della Croce, Varazze, Savona, Liguria, Italy, Castagnabuona
district. Procession opens two-week celebration.|
|Maria Bambina, Masone, Genova, Liguria, Italy. Evening procession precedes
Festa della Natività.|
|Madonna del Rosario, Fabrizia, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy (Saturday
before first Sunday)|
|Madonna del Buon Riposo, Calascibetta, Enna, Sicily, Italy (Our Lady of
Good Repose). Procession to sanctuary.|
|Virxe Peregrina, San Andrés de Obre, Paderne, A Coruña, Spain (Pilgrim
|Virgen de Loreto, Casamaría, Herrerías, Cantabria, Spain. Blessing of
floral ramu, romería, auction of coiled bread.|