Saint Mary at the Elms, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK
In 1538, agents of Henry VIII destroyed the ancient shrine of Our Lady of Grace in Ipswich and took its statue to London to be burned. But in 1550, some Englishmen en route to
Naples took shelter from a storm at Nettuno, in Latium, and decided to give its people a wooden statue of the Madonna and Child they had with them. On its back is an Old English
inscription, "Thou art gracious." It is thought that this statue of the "Madonna delle Grazie," still revered in Nettuno as town patron, came from the
shrine at Ipswich. On September 10, 2002, the Anglican bishop blessed a replica carved by local artist Robert Mellamphy and installed it in the church of St. Mary at the Elms. An
annual exchange of pilgrims has evolved between the Madonna's two shrines. On the first weekend in May, a group from Ipswich joins the traditional celebration in Nettuno; on the
last weekend, Italian pilgrims join the annual procession from St. Mary at the Elms to the site of the original shrine in Lady Lane.
Shrine's site: www.stmaryattheelms.org.uk.
Also celebrated this date:
|Notre-Dame des Affligés, Wanfercée-Baulet, Fleurus,
Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium. Statue
|Our Lady of Ludzmierz, Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Statue
|Notre-Dame, Bréhan, Morbihan, Brittany, France. Parish church
consecrated, 1884. Pardon August 15.|
|Notre Dame de Kerio, Noyal-Muzillac, Morbihan, Brittany, France.
|Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy. First stone of Dominican complex
|Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna, Italy (St. Mary of
Life). Patron of hospitals in Bologna. Feast commemorates finding of fresco in
|Maria Santissima del Soccorso, Caltavuturo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
(St. Mary of Help)|
|Madonna dell'Uragano, Diso, Lecce, Apulia, Italy (Our
Lady of the Hurricane). Festa commemorates Madonna's help in 1832 storm.|
|Notre-Dame de La Paix, Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast. John Paul II
consecrated church and designated it Basilica, 1990.|
|Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio, Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico
(Our Lady of Patronage). Stolen statue returned, 1762.|
Boża Kębelska, Wąwolnica, Puławy, Lublin, Poland. Statue crowned,
1978; anniversary 1st weekend in Sept. |
|Matka Boża Miłosierdzia, Stara Wieś, Brzozów, Subcarpathia, Poland,
Brzozów, Subcarpathia, Poland (Merciful Mother of God).
Painting crowned, 1972.|
|Virgen de la Sierra, Herrera de los Navarros, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain.
Romería: Mass, procession, food.|
|Nuestra Señora de Gracia, Belmonte, Cuenca, Castile-La Mancha, Spain.
1200s statue crowned, 1983; fiesta 2nd Sun.|
|Nuestra Señora de la Consolación y del Castillo, Montánchez, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain.
Statue crowned, 1950; fiesta 2nd Sun.|
|Santa María del Alcor, Viso del Alcor, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain. Statue crowned, 2005; fiesta September 12.|
|Virgen de las Maravillas, Cehegín, Murcia, Spain. Liturgical feast and
annual move of statue from monastery to parish church.|