First Saturday in September

marian calendar     september

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.

Sources include:

Hubert De Bolle & Roosdaal, 
"Molen kapitein Zeppos te Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Lombeek met zijn Brabants retabel," wandelen, (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, Galicia, Spain (Pilgrim Virgin)
Virgen de Loreto, Casamaría, Herrerías, Cantabria, Spain. Blessing of floral ramu, romería, auction of coiled bread.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly