Fourth Sunday in October

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Madonna delle Grazie, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

When Sir John Emo was serving as Venetian ambassador to Constantinople, Sultan Mohammed II gave him a Byzantine-style icon of the Virgin nursing the Child. In 1479, Sir Emo became Lieutenant of Udine, a city in northeast Italy then under the Republic of Venice, bringing the icon with him to the governor's castle. Not long afterward, one of the palace cooks nearly lost a hand in the kitchen, but it healed when touched to the image. News of the miracle inspired popular devotion, so Sir Emo decided to move the image to the Church of Sts. Gervais and Protasius, where it entered in procession September 8, 1479. By 1495, the church was too small for all the pilgrims, and a new one was begun, consecrated to Our Lady of Graces May 12, 1520 and run by the Servants of Mary. On Sept. 6, 1870 the Catholic Church crowned the icon; in 1922, it named the shrine a Minor Basilica. On the fourth Sunday of October, the city both fulfills and renews a vow made during the plague of 1555. The Madonna delle Grazie is also credited with saving the region from the plague of 1599, the cholera of 1836, and the bombardment of 1944. (Information from the Basilica's website, www.bvgrazie.it. Picture from the Servants of Mary website,  www.servidimaria.org.)  

Also commemorated this date:

Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, Porto Acre, Acre, Brazil
Madonna del Santo Rosario, Spino al Brembo, Zogno, Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy
Madonna del Perello, Selvino, Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy, shrine on Mount Perello
Madonna della Purità, Soveria Mannelli, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
Virgen del Rosario, Huaraz, Huaraz, Peru. Fiesta of Mama Llusha in the Nicrupampa district.
Virgen de Cuatrovitas, Bollullos de la Mitación, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain (Virgin of Four Lives)
María Santísima del Socorro, Alcalá de Guadaíra, Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain (St. Mary of Help)
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly