Sunday after September 8

Notre-Dame de Cléry, Cléry-Sant-André, Loiret, Centre, France

The shrine began around 1280 with discovery of a statue of the Virgin, for which Philippe IV & VI built a magnificent church. The English destroyed it in 1428. In 1443, they beseiged Dieppe, and Dauphin Louis XI vowed to rebuild Notre-Dame de Cléry if the seige were raised. When it was, he rebuilt the church in exquisite Flamboyant Gothic style, and after winning the battle of Montlhéry in 1465, made the collegial church of Cléry a royal chapel in 1467. On September 7, 1483, he was buried there. Calvinists destroyed the Virgin's image in 1562; some 60 years later Louis XIII donated the present statue in replacement. Our Lady of Cléry is considered a Black Virgin, although her complexion is not very dark. Perhaps the original was blacker. Certainly the pose, seated with the child centered on his mother's lap, both looking forward, is typical of medieval French vierges noires. The annual pilgrimage is September 8 and the Sunday following. (Information from Philippe Araguas, Picture from  

Also celebrated this date:
bulletOnze-Lieve-Vrouw, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver, Mechelen, Antwerp, Belgium
bulletOnze-Lieve-Vrouw van de Roeselberg, Houwaart, Tielt-Winge, Brabant, Flanders, Belgium
bulletNotre-Dame des Anges, Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France
bulletNotre-Dame du Chêne, Bar-sur-Seine, Aube, Champagne-Ardenne, France (Our Lady of the Oak)
bulletNotre Dame de Méchineix, Riaucourt, Haute-Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France
bulletNotre-Dame de Bulat, Bulat-Pestivien, Brittany, France

bulletSainte Ceinture de la Vierge, Le Puy-Notre-Dame, Maine-et-Loire, Pays-de-la-Loire, France (Holy Belt)
bulletNotre Dame de la Grenotière, Cugand, Vendée, Pays de la Loire, France. Annual pilgrimage to Lourdes grotto on the Sèvre.
bulletNotre-Dame de l'Eau, Auxerre, Yonne, Burgundy, France
bulletNotre-Dame-des-Vernusses, Bresnay, Allier, Auvergne, France
bulletNotre Dame de Bellecassagne, Miramont-de-Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France
bulletNotre Dame de Cahuzac, Gimont, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, France
bulletNotre Dame du Réal, Embrun, Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France (Our Lady Royal)
bulletSchmerzhafte Mutter, Bethen, Cloppenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany (Sorrowful Mother). Candlelight procession.
bulletSt. Maria in der Kupfergasse, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (St. Mary on Copper Alley)
bulletUnserer Lieben Frau, Zwiefalten, Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Patronal feast of cathedral.
bulletMáriaremete, Budapest, Hungary (Mary's chapel)
bulletFájdalmas Anya, Segesd, Somogy, Hungary (Sorrowful Mother)
bulletOur Lady of the Mount, Bandra, Mumbai Suburban, Maharashtra, India
bulletSanta Maria della Stella, Trana, Torino, Piedmont, Italy
bulletMadonna di San Tommaso, Bonavigo, Verona, Veneto, Italy
bulletMadonna della Misericordia, Mallare, Savona, Liguria, Italy
bulletMadonna del Deserto, Millesimo, Savona, Liguria, Italy
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Villanova d'Albenga, Savona, Liguria, Italy
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Cerreto Laziale, Roma, Latium, Italy
bulletSanta Maria di Ognina, Catania, Catania, Sicily, Italy
bulletMadonna tal-Grazzja, Zabbar, Malta
bulletNarodzenia Najświętszej Maryi Panny, Kolniczki, Nowe Miasto nad Wartą, Środa Wielkopolska, Greater Poland, Poland
bulletMatka Boża Pocieszenia, Dąbrówka Kościelna, Kiszkowo, Gniezno, Greater Poland, Poland. Also Aug. 15.
bulletMatka Boża Loretańska, Kamieńczyk, Wyszków, Masovia, Poland
bulletNuestra Señora de la Barca, Muxia, La Coruña, Galicia, Spain
bulletVirgen del Moral, Los Llares, Arenas de Iguña, Besaya, Cantabria, Spain
bulletVirgen de las Viñas, Aranda de Duero, Burgos, Castile and León, Spain. Big Day of fiestas.
bulletNuestra Señora de Redonda, Covarrubias, Burgos, Castile and León, Spain. Romería.
bulletVirgen de Manciles, Lerma, Burgos, Castile and León, Spain
bulletVirgen de Hontanares, Riaza, Segovia, Castile and León, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de la Fuensanta, Murcia, Spain
bulletVirgen del Pino, Teror, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly