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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stop, my Brother, stop! The chapel was dedicated by God. - A Moment with Mary




* July 21 – Feast of Our Lady of Einsiedeln (Switzerland) * “Stop, my Brother, stop! The chapel was dedicated by God.” ----- A Moment with Mary --

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July 21 – Feast of Our Lady of Einsiedeln (Switzerland)

“Stop, my Brother, stop! The chapel was dedicated by God.”


Einsiedeln is the first Catholic Swiss Shrine and it is located about 40 km from Zurich. Around 828, a hermit came to settle in Einsiedeln and placed a small statue of the Virgin Mary in his chapel. The chapel was restored in 947, and two former hermits, Benno and Eberhard, established a Benedictine convent there, called Our Lady of Hermits.

The chapel was going to be dedicated on September 14, 948, by two bishops, that of Constance and that of Augsburg (two German cities), but this is what happened during the dedicatory night office that took place around midnight:

"Conrad, the bishop of Constance, suddenly heard harmonious voices that filled the nave... He looked up and saw a choir of angels... Jesus Christ... wearing purple vestments, was celebrating the dedicatory office at the altar. Saint Peter, Saint Gregory, Saint Augustine, Saint Stephen and Saint Lawrence stood around him. The august Queen of Heaven sat on a brilliantly illuminated throne in front of the altar... A mysterious voice was heard from under the vault: ‘Stop, my brother, stop! The chapel has already been dedicated by God.’…"

Several centuries later, at the time of the Reformation, the Queen of Heaven protected her children there from heresy: Einsielden resisted the Protestant reform.

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