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Saturday, August 01, 2015

At that time Istanbul celebrated the Assumption for a whole month!



* August 1 – Shrine of Hodegas (Constantinople) - Saint Alphonsus of Liguori (d. 1787)  * At that time Istanbul celebrated the Assumption for a whole month! ----- A Moment with Mary --

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August 1 – Shrine of Hodegas (Constantinople) - Saint Alphonsus of Liguori (d. 1787) 

At that time Istanbul celebrated the Assumption for a whole month!

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In the shrine of Hodegas, 'Our Lady of Hodegui' (of the guides) in Istanbul, Turkey, the people used to venerate an icon of the Madonna and Child that is believed to be the original work of Saint Luke.

According to tradition, the Virgin Mary led two blind men there for them to be healed by her prayer.

In thanksgiving for her special protection during a revolution, Andronicus II Palaeologus (d. 1328) published a decree ordering a fast from August 1st-14th. At that time, the feast of the Assumption (August 15th) lasted 8 days and finally concluded between the 28th and the 31st of August!

These practices lasted until the day that the shrine was sacked by Muslims in 1453.

Attilio GALLI
In Madre della Chiesa dei Cinque continenti, Ed. Segno, Udine, 1997

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