October 8

Our Lady of Good Remedy, Trinitarian Order

In 1197, a Sorbonne doctor of theology and newly ordained priest, Jean de Matha, saw while saying his first mass a vision of an angel with a red and blue cross on his chest and his hands on the heads of two captives. The following year, St. Jean founded a religious order dedicated to the redemption of Christians held as slaves by Moslems --  the Hospitaler Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of Captives, commonly called the Trinitarians. On their habit Jean placed the cross he had seen on the angel, and as patron he gave them Notre-Dame du Bon Remède, a popular devotion in his Provençal homeland. Now devoted largely to education and evangelization, for three centuries they raised funds and traveled from Europe into Africa to buy thousands of captives' freedom with Our Lady's help. A painting (right) in the Trinitarian motherhouse of Cerfroid in northern France shows Our Lady of Good Remedy giving a bag of money to St. John of Matha, while a grateful freedman and St. Felix of Valois look on (source: Alrisha, accel11.mettre-put-idata.over-blog.com). The Order celebrates her feast day on October 8.

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre-Dame des Doms, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France. Church consecrated, 1111. Feasts Aug. 15 & Dec. 8.
bulletMagyarok Nagyasszonyának, Hungary (Magna Domina Hungarorum, Great Lady of Hungary). National feast day.
bulletOur Lady of Benada, Tourlestrane, Sligo, Ireland
bulletMadonna della Manna, Cortona, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy. Sculpture crowned, 1741.
bulletMarijos Krikšcionišku šeimu Karalienes, Žemaiciu Kalvarija, Telšiai, Samogitia, Lithuania (Mary Queen of Christian Families). Tenderness icon of 1649 at Calvary shrine crowned with this title by papal authority, 2006. Shrine pilgrimage first Sunday in July.
bulletNuestra Señora Bithen de los Remedios, Tanapag, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (Our Lady Virgin of Remedies). Fiesta on nearest Sunday.
bulletVår Frue av det Gode Råd, Porsgrunn, Grenland, Telemark, Norway (Our Lady of Good Counsel). Church inaugurated, 1899.
bulletOur Lady of South Carolina, Our Lady of Joyful Hope, Kingstree, South Carolina, USA. Shrine inaugurated, 2006. Anniversary observed on the Sunday after the Feast of the Rosary, October 7.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly