Sunday nearest September 8

marian calendar     september

Notre Dame de Valentine, Ségur-les-Villas, Cantal, Auvergne, France

On a stormy night in the 1200s, a king was separated from his escort and lost in a deserted spot. Suddenly a lightning bolt revealed a statue of the Virgin in a niche in the rock. The king vowed that if he escaped, he would return there to build a chapel, and so it came about that the Valentine Chapel is clinging to this remote hill in central France, in the territory of the feudal domain of Valentines. Completely rebuilt in 1854, for centuries it housed the ancient walnut statue, moved to St. Martial parish church in Ségur for safekeeping; a copy remains in the chapel, sometimes spending a week in parishioners' homes. Our Lady of Valentine is invoked to revitalize frail children. 

Sources include the diocesan website, catholique-saint-flour.cef.fr, and www.petit-patrimoine.com (picture).

Also celebrated this date:

Narození Panny Marie, Štípa, Zlín, Czech Republic (Birth of the Virgin Mary)
Notre Dame de Vauclaire, Molompize, Cantal, Auvergne, France
Notre Dame de Nazareth, Saint-Chinian, Hérault, Languedoc, France
Notre Dame de Parlatges, St Etienne de Gourgas, Hérault, Languedoc, France
Notre Dame de Roubignac, Valarèdes, Hérault, Languedoc, France
Mariä Geburt, Höchberg, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany (Mary's Birth)
Unserer lieben Frau vom Großenberg, Mellrichstadt, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany (Our Dear Lady of the Great Mountain)
Máriakönnye, Baja, Bács-Kiskun, Hungary (Weeping Mary)
Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso, Cidamón, La Rioja, Spain
Virgen de la Cruz, Escalona del Prado, Segovia, Castile and León, Spain
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly