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Zaragoza (Spain)

Visionary: St. James the Greater

Title: Our Lady of the Pillar

According to ancient Christian tradition, the Mother of the Savior appeared to the apostle James the Greater. James had left Jerusalem to go to the ends of the earth and, before starting the journey, the Blessed Mother had promised to visit him. Indeed, on one occasion, when James preached the gospel, she would appear majestically on a marble column to encourage him to continue the evangelization of Spain. Also gave him a commission to erect a church to his glory where he was to be kept this column of marble. She bilocated, that is, she appeared in Spain while still living in Jerusalem (or Ephesus). The origin of the Cathedral of Zaragoza is built around the chapel of Santa Maria del Pilar. [ Read more ]


Behuard (France)

Visionary: St. Maurilius (364 - 435)

On the tiny island of Behuard, not far from the city of Angers lived Maurilio the hermit, who later became also bishop of this city. Around the year 431, he had an apparition of the Virgin Mary who showed him the spiritual path to follow. In gratitude Maurilio built on the spot a church dedicated to Mary, which has since become the destination of many pilgrimages.



Agde, Hérault, diocese of Montpelier (France)

Visionary: monk
Title: Notre Dame de l’Agenouillade (Our Lady of the Kneeling)

With dating uncertain (around 450) the Virgin appeared on top of a rock to a monk of Saint-Severe from Syria, after an earthquake. According to the legend, the rock retained traces of the knees of the apparition. Hundreds of faithful venerate Our Lady of the Genuflection. In 1583, a convent of cappuchins was constructed at the location. But the sanctuary was destroyed in 1789, then it was taken over by the White Penitents in the 18th century.

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Mainz (Germany)

Visionary: St. Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz

St. Boniface, "the apostle of the Germans" (672-754), was born in Windfrid at Crediton, in Devonshire, ordained to be a priest in 710, the metropolitan of the Beyond-Rhine (723), legate of Pope (738) Archbishop of Mainz (747), founder of the Abbey of Fulda, and regarded as the apostle of Germany. while he was absorbed in contemplation of a miraculous icon of the Mother of God hanging from an oak tree, heard Mary's voice say: "The trunk of this oak tree is to remain forever my portrait. " The circumstances of the occurrence and other details remain unknown.

Moganza 754
Gamba, 1999, 267

Laurentin, Rene and Sbalchiero, Patrick. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. 2010 Edizioni ART

c. 800

Rosenthal (Germany)

Visionary: Luciano Cerna and others

During the Saxon wars, a general of Charlemagne pitched camp near Ostro. In this place stood a woman in royal robes that wandered around the camp. Even after the departure of the soldiers were repeatedly observed its presence in the surrounding fields and meadows. The lady was seen once even by the noble Luciano Cerna during the chase, chased the man rode up to a linden tree where he discovered, full of surprise, a statue of the Blessed Virgin. In this place he built a chapel and placed it inside the statue that was revered. The image shows Mary with Child, in her right hand while holding a pear, the Child, in turn, holds an apple. The statue of the Virgin Mary has a golden royal robe interwoven with flowers, wearing a purple-red cape trimmed with gold and decorated with lilies on her head a beautiful crown of roses. The monastery of Maria Stella cirstercense became famous thanks to direct asset pilgrimage to "our beloved Lady of lime. The healings and answered prayers attest to the vitality of faith in this place.

c. 950

Castelnuovo di Conza, Salerno, Campania (Italy)

Visionaries: Cantelnovese townsperson
Title: Madonna delle Colture (Our Lady of the Crops)
Commemorated: January 15th

Santa Maria della Petrara is the mother church of the town of Castelnuovo di Conza in the province of Salerno in the region of Campania in southwest Italy.* It succeeded the Church of San Nicola around the tenth century. The site of present-day Castelnuovo dates back to antiquity. The name “Petrara” stems from an ancient village perched on a promontory with caverns and caves. The legend of Castelnuovo recounts that the Blessed Mother appeared to a Cantelnovese man or woman on the path and asked for a piece of ‘unfit’ bread. It is said the person went to his/her house and took a piece of leaven dough ‘smeared with oil or paste’ and offered it to the Madonna. It is said that the Lady asked that an image of her be placed in a church built on the spot. A statue was crafted depicting the Madonna with a piece of bread in her hand, a genuine product of the earth. So was born the image of Madonna delle Colture and the church of Santa Maria della Petrara, a title by which Our Lady is also known, as well as Maria della Petrara. The title is also quite popular in Syria where she is commemorated annually on January 15th. *Not far from Castelnuovo is the Benedictine monastery of St. Menna that plays prominently in the town’s early history. Castelnuovo was hit by the earthquake of January 14, 1466, and was at the epicenter of the earthquake of November 23, 1980.

Source: Santtoro, Nicholas. Mary In Our Life, Atlas of the Names and Titles of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and Their Place In Mar...

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