Sunday nearest September 8
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:
Panny Marie, típa, 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
|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|