October 9

Verge del Puig, El Puig, Horta Nord, Valencia, Spain

On September 8, 1237, St. Peter Nolasco found a 3' marble relief of the Virgin and Child buried beneath a bell in El Puig, where James I of Aragon was preparing to reconquer the nearby city of Valencia from the Moors. The following year, James decided to build a monastery in El Puig and to make its Virgin Valencia’s patron. Although perhaps not as old as suggested by the tradition that it was carved on a slab of St. Mary’s tomb and brought to Spain by angels, the image of El Puig is possibly a rare pre-iconoclastic work dating from the Byzantine occuption of Spain in the mid-500s. On Valencia Day, October 9, 1954, its canonical coronation took place. The fiesta of Santa Maria del Puig is celebrated on the first Sunday of September and the following Monday. (Information and image from "Real Monasterio Padres Mercedarios El Puig de Santa Maria,"  www.jdiezarnal.com/monasterioelpuig.html.)

Also commemorated this date:

bulletPanna Maria Pomocná, Bruntálu, Moravia-Silesia, Czech Republic (Our Lady Help of Christians). Church dedication anniversary.
bulletImmaculate Heart of Mary, Kirkuk, Iraq. Church dedicated, 1965.
bulletMadonna della Gamba, Albino, Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy. Apparition, 1440. 
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy. Patron of city and diocese.
bulletSanta Maria, Sora, Frosinone, Latium, Italy. Cathedral consecrated, 1155.
bulletSanta Maria di Picciano, Picciano di La Martella, Matera, Basilicata, Italy. Icon crowned, 1966.
bulletNuestra Señora de la Cinta, Sotresgudo, Burgos, Castile and León, Spain
bulletMare de Déu de les Neus, Eivissa, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain (Mother of God of the Snows). Statue crowned, 1955. Feast Aug. 5.
bulletNotre Dame de Bon Secours, Robinsonville, Wisconsin, USA (Our Lady of Good Help). Apparition, 1859.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly