Third Sunday in September

Virgen del Val, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain

In 1184, a hired laborer fell into the Henares River. Unable to swim and fearing he was about to drown, he prayed for help, and at once the Virgin appeared, holding her child, and pulled the man to safety with her free hand. Some time later, the same man was working a field in the river valley, when the plow hit an object. He dug and found an alabaster statue resembling the woman who had saved him. He brought the image to his employer, who gave it a place of honor in his home. But in the morning it was gone. The owner checked with the plowman, who knew nothing, and together they went to the field, where the statue was resting in a tree. They took this as a sign that the Virgin wanted to stay in the valley, and built a chapel, or ermita, there. In times of need, the statue would be carried to town in procession, as on June 8, 1635, during a severe drought, which ended in a downpour as soon as the group reached the main street. The Virgin of the Vale holds the titles of City Patron, Perpetual Mayor, and Doctor of the University, having made supernatural appearances twice at St. Ildephonsus College (1791) and once at the main city church (La Magistral, 1808). The present image is a replica, the original having been destroyed in a fire. On the Saturday night before the third Sunday, it processes from the rural ermita to the Magistral Church in town (photo from the Brotherhood's website, On Sunday there's a solemn mass in the church, and on Monday, a great procession led by the city council returns the Virgin to her beloved valley. (Information largely from Turismo y Hosteleria,

Also celebrated this date:

bulletNotre-Dame de Pitié, Baudour, Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium
bulletNossa Senhora de Nazaré, Cametá, Pará, Norte, Brazil. Círio.
bulletMajka Božja Žalosna, Kozji vrh, Mrkopalj, Gorski Kotar, Croatia (Our Lady of Sorrows)
bulletNotre Dame de Pitié, Verdelot, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France
bulletNotre Dame de la Charmotte, Flagey, Haute-Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France. Annual pilgrimage to rural chapel.

Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs, Kerhéro, Locminé, Morbihan, Brittany, France (Our Lady of Seven Sorrows)

bulletNotre-Dame du Voeu, Hennebont, Morbihan, Brittany, France
bulletNotre Dame de Pitié, Maillarguyes, Cantal, Auvergne, France
bulletNotre-Dame de Pitié, Garaison, Monléon-Magnoac, Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées, France
bulletMaria-Geburt, Ahrbrück, Ahrweiler, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Pützfeld district (Mary's Birth). Band concert.
bulletFájdalmas Anya, Eger, Heves, Hungary (Sorrowful Mother)
bulletMadonna del Bosco, Novara, Novara, Piedmont, Italy
bulletMadonna Addolorata, Castellazzo Bormida, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy (Sorrowful Madonna)
bulletBeata Vergine della Pietà, Valenza, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
bulletMadonna di San Luca, Bagolino, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy (every five years, e.g. 2011)
bulletBeata Vergine delle Grazie, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy
bulletMadonna degli Emigranti, Gaggio Montano, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy
bulletMaria Addolorata, Norcia, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
bulletMadonna Addolorata, Fiano Romano, Roma, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna del Soccorso, Montelanico, Roma, Latium, Italy
bulletBeata Vergine del Rimedio, Ozieri, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
bulletNostra Signora di Bonuighinu, Mara, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
bulletMadonna Addolorata, Ortueri, Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy
bulletMadonna di Buoncammino, Cardedu, Ogliastra, Sardinia, Italy
bulletMadonna della Grazia, Alife, Caserta, Campania, Italy
bulletMadonna del Castello, Letino, Caserta, Campania, Italy
bulletMadonna della Pace, Chiaromonte, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
bulletMadonna di Sirino, Lagonegro, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
bulletSanta Maria Addolorata, Marsicovetere, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Miglionico, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
bulletMadonna Addolorata, Cerchiara di Calabria, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy. Procession with band music, concert, raffle.
bulletAddolorata, Grimaldi, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna delle Cappelle, Laino Borgo, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna della Catena, Cropani, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy 
bulletMadonna Addolorata, Simeri Crichi, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
bulletMaria SS. Addolorata, Soverato, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna del Lume, Rombiolo, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy
bulletAddolorata, Ferruzzano, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletSanta Maria delle Grazie, Gerace, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletMaria Santissima Addolorata, Gioiosa Jonica, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletAddolorata, Placanica, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletMaria SS. degli Afflitti, San Procopio, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy (St. Mary of the Afflicted)
bulletMadonna della Rocca, Taormina, Messina, Sicily, Italy
bulletMadonna Addolorata, Randazzo, Catania, Sicily, Italy
bulletMaria Santissima delle Grazie, San Cono, Catania, Sicily, Italy
bulletMadonna dell'Aiuto, Nicosia, Enna, Sicily, Italy
bulletSanta Maria del Mazzaro, Mazzarino, Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy
bulletMatki Bozej Bolesnej, Stary Wielislaw, Klodzko, Lower Silesia, Poland (Sorrowful Mother of God)
bulletStaniatecka Matka Bolesna, Staniatki, Malopolskie, Poland
bulletNossa Senhora da Luz, Gaula, Madeira, Algarve, Portugal
bulletNuestra Señora de Allende el Río, Palenzuela, Valle del Cerrato, Palencia, Castile and Léon, Spain. Procession, maypole dancing.
bulletVirgen del Rosario, Valdevarnés, Segovia, Castile-Leon, Spain
bulletVirgen del Rosario, San Millán de Yécora, La Rioja, Spain
bulletMare de Déu de Rocaprevera, Torelló, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
bulletVerge dels Lliris, Alcoi, Alicante, Valencia, Spain
bulletVirgen del Buen Suceso, Cieza, Murcia, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de la Luz, Guía de Isora, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (Our Lady of Light)
bulletVirgen de Guía, Guía, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly