September 23

Lukasbild, Freising, Bavaria, Germany

X-rays have shown the underlying image of the Black Madonna of Freising to have been painted around 1100, although tradition holds it to have been the work of St. Luke ("Lukasbild") or at least a copy of his work. The icon was in Constantinople in 1235, when Manuel II Palaiologos added a silver frame with the title "Hope of the Hopeless." The image was repainted in the early 1300s before coming into possession of the Della Scala family of Milan. On September 23, 1440, Bishop Nicolas Della Scala donated it to his cathedral at Freising, where it was displayed  in a magnificent altarpiece on the four feasts of the Virgin (Purification, Feb. 2; Annunciation, Mar. 25; Assumption, Aug. 15; and Nativity, Sept. 8). The Lukasbild is now in the Diocesan Museum. (Picture from its website,

Also celebrated this date:
bulletMadonna dei Miracoli, Cantù, Como, Lombardy, Italy. Painting crowned, 1928.
bulletMaria Santissima del Patrocinio, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Siena, Tuscany, Italy. Church consecrated, 1860.
bulletMaria Santissima del Monte Carmelo, Bella, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
bulletMadonna del Mare, Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy Statue installed underwater, 1979.
bulletNuestra Señora de las Mercedes, Candarave, Tacna, Peru. Mass, parade, fireworks.
bulletVirgen del Niño Perdido, Caudiel, Castellón, Valencia, Spain. Statue crowned, 1956.


Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly