September 14

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Mariä Schmerzen, Legau, Swabia, Bavaria, Germany, Maria Steinbach district

In 1728, Steinbach's parish church acquired a set of painted wood statues representing the Crucifixion, the Sorrowful Mother, and St. John. Two years later, churchgoers began reporting that Our Lady of Sorrows' statue was moving its eyes, crying, and changing complexion. As word spread, miracles and healings multiplied. After a formal investigation, the Catholic bishop declared the miracles valid in 1734. A larger baroque church was built to accommodate the pilgrims. Although the crowds and miracles dwindled in the late 1700s, the shrine still hosts four major pilgrimages annually: the Monday after Pentecost, the feasts of the Holy Cross on May 3 and September 14, and the veterans' pilgrimage on the last Saturday of October. (Photograph from the church's English website, members.aol.com/pilgrimship/.)  

Also commemorated this date:

Maria Hilf, Sulz, Wienerwald, Austria. Painting placed over high altar, 1783.
Notre-Dame de Reinacker, Reutenbourg, Alsace, France. Chapel consecrated, 1407.
Vierge de Médous, Asté, Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Notre-Dame de Plout, Saint-Marcel, Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Borutta, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy. Statue in San Pietro di Sorres crowned, 2002.
Madonna degli Infermi, Francavilla Marittima, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy (Madonna of the Sick)
Santissima Maria della Fontana, Villa Castelli, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy (St. Mary of the Fountain)
Behoudenis der Kranken, Oostrum, Venray, Limburg, Netherlands (Salvation of the Sick). Statue crowned, 1884.
Patronka Ziemi Kutnowskiej, Glogowiec, Kutno, Lódz, Poland (Patron of Kutno Land). Icon crowned, 1975. Feast Sept. 8.
Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, Nazaré, Leiria, Portugal (Our Lady of Nazareth). Knight saved from precipice vowed chapel, 1182. 
Mother of God of Chernigov-Gethsemane, Sergiyev Posad, Sergiyevo-Posadsky, Moscow, Russia (Sept. 1 old calendar)
Virgen de la Roca, Bayona la Real, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. Monumental statue inaugurated, 1930. Romería August 15.
Virgen de la Piedad, Baza, Granada, Andalucia, Spain (Virgin of Compassion). Statue crowned Sept. 14, 1930. Fiesta Sept. 8.
Virgen de El Paso, Alajeró, La Gomera, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Statue processes from sanctuary to town.
L'Assomption de la Vierge, Châtillon, Delémont, Jura, Switzerland. Chapel blessed, 1825.
Azurovskaya Mother of God, Malatya, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey (Mother of God of the Azur River; Sept. 1 old calendar)
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly